Glasgow Psychological Service

Putting Psychology into Practice

Assessment

Assessment by an educational psychologist is a process which involves the gathering of information from a variety of sources in a range of settings over a period of time. Its purpose is to inform future interventions and it therefore encompasses cognitive, social and emotional factors not to identify deficits but to attempt in a collaborative context and staged process to identify ways to promote effective learning and development.

An educational psychologist’s contribution to the assessment process may be based on direct or indirect involvement with the child or a combination of both. Information gathered from others may be supplemented by approaches including classroom observation, analysis of work, questionnaires, curriculum-based assessment and measures of factors using recognised assessment materials as appropriate.

Glasgow educational psychologists operate in accordance with current practice in educational psychology assessment as summarised in the ASPEP (Association of Scottish Principal Educational Psychologists) and SDEP (The Scottish Division of Educational Psychology – A division of the British Psychological Society) position paper on assessment (2014).

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