Everyone has been to school. Many of us have ideas about what schools need and how they should be run. Some of these ideas may be based on myths, which do not stand up in the light of research.
In an article published on the Psychology Today website (2018, MAY 10), Professor Jeffrey Greene of the University of North Carolina, an educational psychologist, describes how he considers his own participation in a ‘School Improvement Team’ has been mutually beneficial. On the one hand he can explode a few myths and on the other the work can suggest new areas for research.
A School Improvement Team (SIT) provides a forum in which parents and guardians can work together with the school leadership to develop each school’s Improvement Plan – “an annual strategic plan for continuous quality improvement”. SIT-members are generally elected and contribute with their various skills and expertise.
The article stresses the need for educational psychologists to engage in public debate and the practical work of education, failure to do so being to the detriment of the educational system, their profession and public perception – “the continued proliferation of educational myths”.
The article is sponsored by the American Psychological Association’s Division 15, which describes itself as “a global association of educational psychologists”.