What is Educational Psychology?
Educational psychology emphasizes the application of professional psychological knowledge and theories in school settings. Educational psychology service aims at supporting the school to cultivate an inclusive ethos and a caring environment backed up by whole-school policies and sound mechanisms to cater for students with diverse educational needs. Also, the Educational Psychologist helps the school personnel to acquire adequate knowledge and skills to support student educational needs and to enhance the effectiveness of learning and teaching. As a result, the students can maximise their potentials and minimise their difficulties.
The Educational Psychological Service in our school can be categorized into the following three areas:
School System Level
- To support our school in developing whole school policies in catering for students with diverse educational needs such that early identification and intervention can be provided for students with learning and/or adjustment difficulties, and to facilitate schools in developing students’ positive qualities
- To support our school in developing policy and mechanism on crisis management and provide professional advice and support on handling of school crises
Teacher Support Level
- To support teachers in the early identification and intervention for students with SEN
- To provide professional advice to teachers on measures to enhance learning and teaching effectiveness in catering for students’ diverse learning needs
- To equip school personnel with knowledge and skills to meet the personal, social and learning needs of students, such as conducting professional development activities
Student Support Level
- To provide psychoeducational assessment for students
- To provide intervention for students directly or in collaboration with school personnel (e.g. teachers, student guidance personnel, school social worker)
- To cater for the learning and developmental needs of students by collaborating with school personnel, promoting home-school cooperation, and delivering parent training programmes, etc.
Reference: Brief Note on School-based Educational Psychology Service from EDB