ERIC Number: ED240684
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
How to Find and Use a Good Consultant.
Richards, Dennis E.
Guidelines which explain five phases of the consulting process are offered to educators contemplating the employment of consultants. Discussion of the first phase, "contact/entry," contains seven tips to consider before hiring a consultant and six tips on forming the base of the working relationship with the consultant. The second phase, "diagnosis," is described as the process of determining by examination the cause and nature of the client's problem; six guidelines are offered for the successful completion of this phase. The third phase, "response," is discussed as a critical portion of the consulting experience as the solutions sought in the project are presented for consideration; nine questions are offered to help ensure satisfaction with the consultant's performance. The fourth phase presented is "disengagement" which requires the evaluation of results to see if a "response" has been successful, and if there might be a further need for "response" revision and/or additional resources. The last phase is "closure" which is the termination of the working relationship. Four activities are given which should be included as part of the "closure" by the consultant. Concluding this paper is a consultant's resource list of 16 books. (EM)
Descriptors: Administrator Guides, Boards of Education, Consultants, Elementary Secondary Education, Employer Employee Relationship, Employment Qualifications, Guidelines, Human Resources, Personnel Selection, Problem Solving, Professional Personnel, Professional Services, School Districts, Specialists
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
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