ERIC Number: ED346661
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Three Is a Crowd? No Way--Three Is a Team! Collaborative Consultation Techniques for Educators.
Wilber, Mary M. Jensen
This paper presents specific strategies to assist collaborative consultation efforts by educators of students with disabilities. First, a definition of collaborative consultation is offered and advantages of this approach identified. Next, essential skills and strategies to gain acceptance and establish credibility in collaborative situations are examined. Essential skills include familiarity with both regular and special education programming and good interpersonal communication skills. Specific strategies for consultants include treating others with respect, sharing information about one's own skills, using appropriate language, modeling appropriate listening skills, modeling interview skills, giving and receiving feedback, and exercising situational leadership. Finally, a list of eight steps for initiating and carrying out collaborative consultation is offered. Steps include establishing the relationship, gathering information, identifying the problem, stating the target behavior, generating intervention strategies, implementing the intervention, evaluating the intervention, and withdrawing from the consulting relationship. (22 references) (DB)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Consultation Programs, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Interpersonal Communication, Interpersonal Competence, Participative Decision Making, Program Implementation, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Special Education Teachers, Teacher Role, Teamwork
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders (Kansas City, MO, 1992).