ERIC Number: ED354714
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Interdisciplinary Training in Infant/Family Specializations through Existing Programs at the University of Nebraska. Final Report.
Marvin, Christine A.; And Others
This study explored current University of Nebraska graduate course offerings which address content relative to infants, families, and/or the professional teamwork associated with services to handicapped or at-risk infants, toddlers, and their families. Faculty from 12 departments were surveyed as to their interest in interdisciplinary, interdepartmental, and intercampus training. Ten disciplines were found to be represented in personnel preparation programs at the university system: audiology, child development/early education, family counseling, nursing, pediatrics, physical therapy, psychology, social work, special education, and speech pathology. A total of 82 courses include some content relative to infants, families, and/or professional teamwork, though only 14 percent of these are exclusively focused on these issues. The study also examined which courses are pertinent to the training of professionals who provide infant/family services in the community, specialty minors that are available in this area, faculty interests in pursuing interdisciplinary programs of study in the area of infant/family services, and strengths and needs of individual disciplines in the university system. The study concluded that faculty appear interested in developing and supporting an interdisciplinary graduate seminar and collaborating to share expertise and bring an interdisciplinary perspective to current courses. Recommendations are offered. Appendixes contain survey forms, course descriptions, and matrices indicating which courses address specific issues in infant/family services. (Contains 10 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Nebraska State Dept. of Education, Lincoln. Special Education Section.
Authoring Institution: Nebraska Univ., Lincoln. Dept. of Special Education and Communication Disorders.