An Ecological Perspective on Schools

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1998, Vol 43(10), 669–670. Review of “Applied Ecological Psychology for Schools Within Communities: Assessment and Intervention” (see record 1997-09055-000). The editors offer multiple though overlapping (across home, school, and community systems) perspectives on ecological assessment and intervention strategies. As noted in the Foreword by Edison J. Trickett, the individual chapters accomplish “an important step in the conversation among applied social scientists relating to the persuasiveness of an ecological perspective”. Swartz and Martin provide the reader with concise summaries of both the broader literature on ecological models as well as their contributors' arguments addressing services to children and families. The reader new to the literature will be impressed by the historical overview that summarizes major approaches to ecological psychology. Ehly believes Swartz and Martin deserve praise for their efforts to outline the status of current knowledge in the area and to lead the field to even more successful approaches in serving the children and youth within our schools and communities. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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