Developing Test Battery for Assessing Basic School Students’ Psychological Processes and Educating Support Specialists

Summary of the project

Aims: The main aim of the project is to improve the academic success and wellbeing of children (age 7-15) in school by enabling early identification of children in risk and providing them support based on their individual educational needs.

The first objective is to develop reliable and valid tests for assessing psychic processes and personality qualities that can be used by school psychologists. The second objective is to raise the competence of school psychologists in Rajaleidja centers as well as in schools and also improving the competence of other support specialists working in Rajaleidja centres. The third objective is to implement a unified computer environment that can be used for assessing the psychic processes and personality qualities of school-age children.

Results:

  1. Reliable and valid tests for assessing psychic processes (perception, attention, working memory, long-term memory, reasoning, planning, motivation) and personality (beliefs, interests) of 1-3th , 4-6th and 7-9th graders.
  2. Reliable grade-based norms collected from 9000 students from all over Estonia.
  3. Competent (school) psychologists all over Estonia who are able to use the tests and interpret the results, also able to councel the child and consult the parents as well the teachers.
  4. Competent specialists (psychologist, speech therapist, special education teacher, social pedagog, career counsellor, career information specialist) in Rajaleidja centers who understand the specifics of the work of sychologists and their role in teamwork.
  5. Unified system of assessment of school children all over Estonia.
  6. A unified computer environment that can be used for assessing the psychic processes and personality of children.

 

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The Developing Test Battery for Assessing Basic School Students’ Psychological Processes and Educating Support Specialists benefits from a €235 000 grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants and Norway Grants (one or both, depending on the support). The aim of the project/programme (use the relevant one) is to (objective).

Through the EEA Grants and Norway Grants, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway contribute to reducing social and economic disparities and to strengthening bilateral relations with the beneficiary countries in Europe. The three countries cooperate closely with the EU through the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA). For the period 2009-14, the EEA Grants and Norway Grants amount to €1.79 billion. Norway contributes around 97% of the total funding. Grants are available for NGOs, research and academic institutions, and the public and private sectors in the 12 newest EU member states, Greece, Portugal and Spain. There is broad cooperation with donor state entities, and activities may be implemented until 2016.

Key areas of support are environmental protection and climate change, research and scholarships, civil society, health and children, gender equality, justice and cultural heritage.