ERIC Number: ED452445
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
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Effects of Training in Collaborative Problem-Solving on the Process and Outcomes of Student Assistance Teams.
Lee, Steven W.; Boughtin, Jodi L.
A study was designed, using a seven-step consultation model, to evaluate the impact of training on collaborative group problem solving during Student Assistance Team meetings. The study hypothesized that following the training, decreases would occur in the number of students referred for a comprehensive special education evaluation. It also projected that team training in consultation and problem solving would result in improved focus on specific problems of students, greater analysis of the immediate controlling conditions on behavior, and a more overt effort to adhere to the problem-solving process. Regular and special education educators who were members of the Student Assistance Team in a small, 2nd through 4th grade school received training. The referral and placement rates inspected before and after training indicated decreases in comprehensive evaluations and placements over time. Intervention meetings were examined using the Consultation Analysis Record. The results indicted significant increases in verbalizations about collection of data on student behavior, intervention plans, and the problem-solving process. Verbalizations regarding student behavior significantly decreased. In addition, a survey administered to examine teachers' perceptions of the team's effectiveness showed favorable response to the new problem-solving process. (Contains 7 tables and 27 references.) (JDM)
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