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ERIC Number: EJ1054910
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2324-805X
Inter-Professional Collaboration: Early Childhood Educators and Medical Therapist Working within a Collaboration
Hong, Seong Bock; Shaffer, La Shorage
Journal of Education and Training Studies, v3 n1 p135-145 Jan 2015
Children with special needs present a unique set of challenges that require the services of specially trained educators and therapists. However, the various therapies and educational strategies are compartmentalized among these professionals. There is little interaction between educators and therapists that promote early childhood education and development. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the perceived impact of early childhood educators and medical therapists using a structured case study interview. The findings indicated that transference of professional knowledge impacts best practice for both professionals. This paper contributes to the unique perspectives of the medical community; and the connection between medicine, education, and the benefits and challenges of a transdisciplinary approach. This paper also provides insight on how to collaborate better to improve outcomes of teamwork and to develop coordinated approaches to education and service delivery to improve the efficiencies of both professionals.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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