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Educational psychologists' practice: obtaining and representing young people's views

Smillie, Ian and Newton, Meryl 2020. Educational psychologists' practice: obtaining and representing young people's views. Educational Psychology in Practice 36 (3) , pp. 328-344. 10.1080/02667363.2020.1787955

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Many studies have focused on the importance of the participation of children and young people (CYP) in their education, although fewer papers discuss the practical aspects of seeking their views and fewer again on representing them. A mixed method approach was used to collect information regarding educational psychologists’ (EPs’) practice in obtaining and representing CYP’s views. A questionnaire (n = 73) was used to gather data from local authority educational psychology services (EPSs) across Wales and eight participants who completed the questionnaire took part in an interview to explore their views in more depth. Using thematic analysis, the major themes constructed included “accessing a true representation of CYP’s views”, “gaining CYP’s views empowers them” and “child-centred practice”. The implications of the present study for the role of educational psychologists are discussed, together with future directions for research and the limitations of the present study.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 0266-7363
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 11:15

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