ERIC Number: ED326806
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
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Classroom Collaboration: Implementing Consultation-Based Intervention in Five Multidisciplinary Teams.
Kuralt, Sally K.
This study attempted system-wide institutionalization of a consultation-based ancillary service delivery model into the norms and work behaviors of the elementary school organization, through modifying the role and function of members of existent school-based multidisciplinary Child Study Teams (CSTs) and the demonstration of the potential of the team-based consultation model for increasing the achievement of referred students. CSTs in five elementary schools generally consisted of the building principal, reading teacher, school nurse, school psychologist, regular education teacher, special education teacher, speech therapist, and mathematics teaching assistant. Five replications of a field-based Staff Development Treatment Package were conducted over a 2-year period. Successful implementation in all schools was indicated by increased teacher referrals, decreased psychoeducational evaluations, decreased special education placements, and attainment of research-based change model criteria modified for use with teams. Diagnostic dimensions of the concerns-based change model monitored throughout the study, through the use of questionnaire statements and interviews, included Stages of Concern of team users, Level of Use of the new practice, and the configuration of innovation components being implemented. At the end of the post-implementation year, team-based consultation was successfully institutionalized at four of the five schools. A grade-level sample of students referred during the study demonstrated reading gains significantly greater than those of students referred prior to implementation of the new service model. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (98th, Boston, MA, August 10-14, 1990).