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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


School Psychology Resources Online

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4 stars
Content Quality: 4 stars
Effectiveness: 4 stars
Ease of Use: 4 stars
Reviewed: Sep 02, 2001 by Teacher Education
Overview: SchoolPsychology Resources Online is a collection of websites, articles, and other resources pertaining to school psychology. Although the website is aimed at school psychologists, it is a very good resource for parents and educators as well. A wide variety of topics are listed alphabetically, from "Anxiety Disorders" to "Violence." For most disorders, a thorough description is accompanied by suggested treatment and other resources/links.
Learning Goals: Resources for Psychologist, Parents and Educators regarding information about children with disabilities and other exceptionalities.
Target Student Population: Resources for Psychologist, Parents and Educators regarding information about children with disabilities and other exceptionalities
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: None specifically. It is helpful if the pre-service teacher has take, or is taking a course that introduces them to students with disabilities or exceptionalities. Familiarity with the guidelines in IDEA and state regulations that govern the identification and service to children and yourth with disabilities and exceptionalities.
Type of Material: Resources for Psychologist, Parents and Educators regarding information about children with disabilities and other exceptionalities
Technical Requirements: None

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: The information contained in this site provides the pre-service teacher with much information regarding children and youth regardes as exceptional presented in one place. It also provides them with added insight from different professions involved in the identification and instruction of children with disabilities and those who are gifted.
General Comments: List of links to various topics, though primarily for School Psychologist, teachers and parents could also find valuable information. The information is accurate, and up to date.
Concerns: The user could get lost in the navigation of the different links. Whenever the uses clicks on an embedded link, they must remember to return to their jumping off place before they continue. The review board felt that while the use of embedded links added a demension to the information that might be available with straight reading of text, it also could confuse the reader who may not be familiar with the navigation of web sites.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: Quality of information provided, ease of use, and the added feature of offering the user different perspectives.
General Comments: Instructors in higher education teacher-training program must be creative in the design of assignments for this site. It is an excellent site for current information regarding various features of Special Education. The uses are limitless and could prove to be a very valuable tool for exploration, decision-making, and research.
Concerns: Lack of identifiable learning outcomes. The author simply states that the site is for information, but it shows much promise as a real teaching and learning tool for pre-service teachers in the area of Special Education and for the general education pre-service teacher who will experience children with disabilities in their classrooms.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: Built in search engine and an Index that allows the user to search specific topics without having to go from one site to another. The author has done an excellent job using meta tags that should help those interested in the topic find it easily.
Concerns: The site is not interactive. While the index feature saves one time, it is still a site to read and gather information. There may need to be more instructions given for how best to use the search engine so that the user does not have to try two or three times to find the information sought.
The site is easy to use, though attention should be given to detail instructions regarding the use of the search engine. Adding interactive features such as links to term definitions, legal citations, and eligibility issues would make this site much more interactive and appealing.