With each passing year, the educational landscape continues to become increasingly diversified across race and culture. This poses a significant challenge to schools worldwideâand particularly to school psychologists and allied educational professionalsâto recognize and serve the needs of students and families with widely diverse language and cultural backgrounds. To be most effective in their jobs, school psychologists must now have a basic understanding of the impact of language and culture on individual students as well as those they interact with every day.
TheEncyclopedia of Cross-Cultural School Psychology (ECCSP)is comprehensive and reader friendly, with approximately 400 entries written by leading researchers, educators, and practitioners in the fields of school psychology and education.ECCSPprovides an easily accessible A-to-Z reference in one concise volume across these six key cross-cultural competency areas:
Legal and Ethical Issues
School Culture, Educational Policy, and Institutional Advocacy
Psychoeducational Assessment and Related Issues
Academic, Therapeutic, and Consultative Intervention
Working with Interpreters
School psychologists, educators, and other allied child psychology and education professionals, researchers, policy makers, graduate students, healthcare and mental health professionals, child advocates, and paraprofessionals benefit from the way in which this volume highlights the concepts and themes that are critical to addressing cross-cultural issues in schools. Entries also include issues relevant to pre-K through 12thgrade and, as a result, provide a lifespan approach to diversity.
Each entry offers a definition and description of the term, a bibliography, and additional references for professionals and all readers interested in seeking more in-depth information on any topic. All entries are cross-referenced to other terms of related interest, and a list of contributors is provided at the end of the volume in case readers want to research additional works by the same author. A subject index also helps readers find desired information quickly.
ECCSP is certain to become the accompanying reference book for coursework, research, practice, consultation, and policy in the ever-growing field of cross-cultural school psychology and education.
About the Author
Caroline S. Clauss-Ehlers (aka CC) is a bilingual psychologist who specializes in cross-cultural child psychology. She is Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology at the Graduate School of Education, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Her research and teaching focus on childhood resilience, cross-cultural psychology, and public education through media outreach. She is co-editor of the book Community Planning to Foster Resilience in Children (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2004) and is working on the upcoming book Diversity Training for Classroom Teaching: Learning Activities for Educators (Springer, 2006).
Dr. Clauss-Ehlers is a columnist and guest correspondent for many bilingual media sources and a media consultant whose efforts further awareness of critical public health issues that have an impact on modern day community life. Her two bi-weekly columns, Bienestar (Well-Being) and Nueva Edad (New Age), are published in Tribune Publishingâs Spanish newspaper version of Newsday entitled HOY that is currently published in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. She is a regular guest commentator on Univisionâs popular morning news show, Al Despertar, with a segment entitled Hablemos de Niños (Weâre Talking About Children). Previously, her radio segment Un Minuto de Salud Mental (The Mental Health Minute) and call-in radio show Confianza (Trust) aired on Spanish CNNâs WNNY-New York. She has been quoted in various media outlets and is a consultant for programs such as Safe Schools/Healthy Students.
Dr. Clauss-Ehlers is Acting Secretary/Treasurer for the Division of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity for the New York State Psychological Association and a member of the American Psychological Association. She is listed in Whoâs Who of American Women and has lectured internationally at venues such as La Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México, the 27th Inter-American Congress of Psychology in Caracas, Venezuela, the Second World Mental Health Congress in London, England, and the Korea-U.S. Joint Symposium on Anti-Stigma in Seoul, Korea. She has a part-time community-focused private practice.
Dr. Clauss-Ehlers received her bachelorâs degree from Oberlin College and her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Teacherâs College, Columbia University. She lives in New York City with her husband and one-year-old daughter.