ERIC Number: ED371533
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar-31
Reference Count: N/A
Inservice Training for Related Service Personnel Serving Medically Fragile Children Ages 0-8. The Medically Fragile Inservice for Related Services Teams Project (M-FIRST). Final Report.
Smith, Gerald M.; And Others
The Medically Fragile Inservice for Related Services Teams (M-FIRST) project developed, evaluated, and disseminated model inservice practices centering on the provision of competency-based training to school and community personnel working with young medically fragile children in school settings. The M-FIRST goals focused on developing an inservice training model that utilized current knowledge of best practices regarding adult learning, state of the art technical skills and service delivery models, and interdisciplinary team development strategies. The teams typically included school nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, parents, teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, and other school agency and community personnel. The teams participated in team development activities and team-based evaluative assessments designed to track and analyze team functioning over time. Training was provided through a series of formal training sessions and technical assistance follow-ups. Project evaluation activities focused on the following areas: best practices in inservice education, knowledge change in competency areas, team process development, impact on district services, consumer satisfaction with training activities, team member assumption of the trainer role, validation of instrumentation, and project dissemination and material development. (Contains 11 references.) (Author/JDD)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Ancillary School Services, Delivery Systems, Early Childhood Education, Educational Practices, Inservice Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Models, Postsecondary Education, Program Evaluation, Special Health Problems, Team Training, Teamwork, Technical Assistance
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC. Early Education Program for Children with Disabilities.
Authoring Institution: Oregon Health Sciences Univ., Portland. Child Development and Rehabilitation Center.; Oregon State Dept. of Education, Salem.; Washington Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Olympia.; Washington Univ., Seattle.