An internship report and comparative study of educational psychologists' practices pertaining to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in St. John's, Newfoundland and Harlow, Essex

Hickey, Colleen (1998) An internship report and comparative study of educational psychologists' practices pertaining to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in St. John's, Newfoundland and Harlow, Essex. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

This report outlines an 11-week internship program completed in Harlow, England to comply with regulations set out for the degree of Masters of Education in Educational Psychology. The internship route was chosen by this intern because unique insights are gained and practical training is received through an on-site placement. This report is comprised of three chapters discussing this intern's placement and goals/objectives including rationale, implementation, and evaluation of same. In addition, a comprehensive literature review and an in-depth study of educational psychologists' practices as they pertain to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is provided. A semi-structured interview schedule was utilized with four practising educational psychologists in St. John's, Newfoundland and four practising educational psychologists in Essex England. Responses formed the basis for a comparative analysis. Results indicate that the referral and assessment of ADHD is seen to be ad hoc in both areas. Although the education systems are structured differently, the referral processes lack both structure and procedure. Results also indicate that Newfoundland psychologists rely heavily on standardized assessment tools while British psychologists place more importance on the child's environment. No individual interviewee reported completing a comprehensive battery for the assessment of ADHD. The diagnosis of ADHD is seen as the domain of the medical doctor in both Newfoundland and England. Educational psychologists in both areas feel they should have a greater input into the diagnosis. This non-collaboration between health education and psychology is a great concern to educational psychologists in both areas. The creation of a multidisciplinary team and more education are seen as answers for a complete and thorough evaluation of the child and his/her environment.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/10649
Item ID: 10649
Additional Information: Bibliography: pages 61-65.
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: 1998
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder--Diagnosis--Newfoundland and Labrador; Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder--Diagnosis--England; Educational psychologists--Newfoundland and Labrador; Educational psychologists--England.

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