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Psicologia: ciência e profissão

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VALLE, Luiza Elena Leite Ribeiro do. Psicologia escolar: um duplo desafio. Psicol. cienc. prof. [online]. 2003, vol.23, n.1, pp. 22-29. ISSN 1414-9893.

Education is, at the same time, an indicator of the development of a country and a way to its progress. It represents a people`s capacity to organize itself and to built its future, so, it doesn`t happen randomly, but as a consequence of an expressive effort. School Psychology intends to facilitate human development, but is not fully understood yet. The successful school psychologist role requires a clear image of his primary purposes and faces a double challenge: be accepted in school (without restricting his role in order to promote child development) and be helped in organizing preventive activities that affect the course of child development (involving cognitive, affective, social and physical development and the enhancing of the child`s social interaction). Briefly, the purpose of this study is to focus practical assumptions for an effective, broader and more satisfying role for school psychologists.

Keywords : School psychology; Education; Child development.

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