ERIC Number: ED276230
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Regular and Special Educators' Preferences for School-Based Consultation Models: A Statewide Study. Technical Report No. 101.
West, J. Frederick
The study examined the preferences of 701 regular elementary teachers and 65 special education resource teachers for four school-based consultation models (collaborative, expert, medical, and mental health). Each model was assessed at each of five stages of the consultation process; (1) consultant goal; (2) problem identification; (3) intervention recommendations; (4) intervention implementation; and (5) nature/extent of follow-up. A hypothetical situation involving a regular classroom and resource teacher consulting with each other regarding a student with learning and behavioral problems was used as a reference for responding to a 20-item questionnaire. Results suggested a strong preference by regular and special educators for a collaborative model for problem-solving. Implications for training and practice are discussed in the context of perceived limitations of the study with relation to such factors as the sample itself, the instrumentation, and the design of the study. Respondents also provided information on personal background, current professional employment, and training/experience in consultation. The data revealed that regular and special educators are receiving little or no preservice or inservice training in consultation skills. Nine data tables are provided in an appendix. (JW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Dept. of Special Education.
Note: Tables on pages 18-19 may not reproduce clearly.