The Handbook of International School Psychology provides a description of the specialty of psychology devoted to the global provision of services to children and youth, their teachers, and parents. Authors from 43 countries provide valuable information and insights regarding the following areas: the context of school psychology; the origin, history, and current status of school psychology; the infrastructure of school psychology; the preparation of school psychologists; the roles, functions, and responsibilities of school psychologists; current issues impacting school psychology; and key references.

School Psychology in Norway

School psychology in Norway

Context of School Psychology

Norway has a population of 4.6 million (Statistics Norway, 2005b), of which 7.6% constitutes a heterogeneous immigrant population. The country's geographical area is 324,220 square kilometers (about two thirds is mountainous), with a coastline of 21,925 kilometers (including mainland, long fjords, and some 50,000 islands). Norway is a constitutional monarchy, and the economy is a combination of free market activity and government control. The government controls key areas, such as the vital petroleum sector. Norway is richly endowed with natural resources: petroleum, waterfalls, fish, forests, and minerals. The country is highly dependent on its oil production and international oil prices, with oil and gas accounting for one third of exports. Only Saudi Arabia and Russia ...

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