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LeCapitaine Honored For Research Article

March 5, 1999

UW-River Falls Professor John LeCapitaine was recognized for an article on school psychology he wrote for the Journal of Education.

The merit awards board of Project Innovation honored LeCapitaine with a wall plaque recognizing the value of his article titled, "Schools as Developmental Clinics: Overcoming the Shadow's Three Faces."

The article addresses the schools' abilities to assist in the personal and psychological development of its students.

The three-faced shadow that LeCapitaine refers to are those of hidden curricular nature, lack or ignorance of the contextual exigencies, and the not-so-hidden curriculum of schools.

In his essay-style article, LeCapitaine addresses these issues reinforcing that "personal and psychological development must be the aim of education." He says that it is through aesthetic, ego, emotional, social, ethical, spiritual, multicultural, and cognitive development that education can be meaningful, magical, and transforming.

In addition to his recognition from Project Innovation, LeCapitaine was invited to present the article at the International Council of Psychologists conference in Australia and at a Harvard University this spring.

The journal also has asked LeCapitaine to write a second article for its readers. He intends to have that article focus on school psychologists and their power to work with high risk students and the community. There will be an emphasis on the healthy social development of students with the involvement of families and communities.

LeCapitaine is the chair of the department of counseling and school psychology at UW-River Falls. He received his doctorate from Boston University in 1980 and is involved with a variety of psychology and counseling associations.

"I love teaching...teaching is why I am here," says LeCapitaine.

He went on to say that despite his outside involvement in the psychology community, including a book on personal and psychological development that he is in the process of writing, he wouldn't want to take a sabbatical.

"A sabbatical would be like a punishment," claimed LeCapitaine.

Practicing what he preaches, LeCapitaine says he encourages his own students to learn their strengths and weaknesses in the classroom. He says that they know the academic side as well. Theory, practice, and principles fall into place as the students develop their own personalities.

LeCapitaine says he hopes his articles will generate national and international interest that will influence school systems in their approach to student counseling and student development.

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