Milestones in the Development of Educational Psychology in Hong Kong
|The government set up a special education section in the Education Department.
|Department of Psychology was established in the University of Hong Kong.
|The Hong Kong Psychological Society was founded.
|The government started providing nine years of free and universal basic education.
|Standardization of Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children with Hong Kong norm was completed.
|A local training program for educational psychologists was set up in the Department of Psychology at the University of Hong Kong.
|Educational Psychologists in the Education Department started delivering assessment service to students in lower primary levels in response to an early identification program.
|School-based psychological services were launched in special schools run by NGOs.
The Division of Educational Psychology, a professional organization in educational psychology, was set up under the Hong Kong Psychological Society.
|The Hong Kong Psychological Society published a code of ethics for the profession.
|School-based psychological services were extended to regular secondary schools.
|Society-based registration of psychologists was launched. On a voluntary basis, educational psychologists could register with the Registration Board of the Hong Kong Psychological Society.
|The government launched the pilot project “Whole School Approach” to integration.
|The Hong Kong Psychological Society set up a working group for the preparation of statutory registration of psychologists in Hong Kong.
|Development of the Hong Kong Test of Specific Learning Difficulties in Reading and Writing was completed.
|The Division of Educational Psychology revised its rules to restrict its membership to the psychologists who had professional training in educational psychology.
|The government launched a large-scale reform in education.
|School-based educational psychological services were extended to regular primary schools.
|The government conducted a critical review of the services and decided to expand school-based psychological services to all primary and secondary schools in Hong Kong.
|Development of the Hong Kong Test of Specific Learning Difficulties in Reading and Writing for Junior Secondary School Students was completed.
|In response to the expansion of services, a second training program for educational psychologists was set up in the Department of Applied Social Sciences at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
|Standardization of Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-Fourth Edition (Hong Kong) was completed.
|The Division of Educational Psychology initiated a voluntary continuing education record system for its members.
|All government and aided primary and secondary schools in Hong Kong are covered by school-based educational psychology services.
|EDB started to provide enhanced school-based educational psychology service (EP to school ratio 1:4) to government and aided schools with a large number of students with special educational needs progressively from the 2016/17 school year.
*Adapted from Lam, S. F. (2005). The growth and development of school psychology in Hong Kong. In C. L. Frisby & C. Reynolds (Eds.), Comprehensive Handbook of Multicultural School Psychology (pp.1107-1127). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons