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 South Africa

School psychology in South Africa

Context of School Psychology

South Africa lies at the southern tip of the continent of Africa. With a landmass of 1,219,912 square kilometres, the country is nearly three times larger than the state of California in the United States and more than twice as large as France. It consists of nine provinces: Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, North West, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, and Mpumalanga. In 2001, during the last census, its population was approximately 44 million (Government Communication and Information System, 2003). More than half live in urban centres, the largest of which are Johannesburg and Cape Town. There are 11 official languages. English is mostly used in business and government. The landscape varies ...

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