ERIC Number: ED423984
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jul-9
Reference Count: N/A
A Collaborative Consultation Model: Changing the Way Head Start Prepares Personnel To Work with Families at School, at Home and in the Community. Six-Session Training Guide.
Turben, Susan H.
The Personnel Preparation Curriculum is a collaborative consultative model for training professionals, including Head Start teachers, parents, and paraprofessionals, to work with families to address the educational needs of children. The activity-based model views families as being in charge, and professionals as partners with parents. Six collaborative consultative skills constitute the body of training: cooperation, consultative time-sharing, conversational instruction, shared expertise, self-evaluation, and collaborative brainstorming. The curriculum was field tested at 36 sites with 230 professionals, including Head Start teachers, and found to be successful on the basis of three positive effects: (1) trainees in the program demonstrated retention of collaborative and consultative working strategies after six months; (2) trainees reflected that they routinely used the research-based knowledge acquired by participating in family-focused activities in their day-to-day professional work with families; and (3) trainees, regardless of discipline or level of experience, indicated they understood the meaning of "shared expertise" and felt comfortable working as partners with parents and family members. (The six session training guide, which contains activity worksheets and projects, is included. Contains 30 references.) (JPB)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Turben Developmental Services Foundation, Willoughby Hills, OH.