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ERIC Number: EJ883987
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0888-4064
An Interdisciplinary Approach to Preparing Early Intervention Professionals: A University and Community Collaborative Initiative
Smith, JaneDiane
Teacher Education and Special Education, v33 n2 p131-142 2010
A university-community collaborative initiative to provide an interdisciplinary approach to personnel preparation is described. Twelve students (i.e., undergraduate, graduate) from various academic disciplines participated in early intervention coursework and practical experiences. Specifically, students were prepared to provide early intervention to infants/toddlers who were premature/medically fragile and their families. Courses were developed and co-taught by parents, early intervention providers, and medical professionals recruited from the community. The interdisciplinary steering committee developed intensive practical experiences to facilitate the translation of knowledge into sustained daily practice. Outcome measures indicated increased knowledge and acquisition of skills related to early intervention, and intervention specific to the high-risk population. Employment outcomes and increased opportunities for professional collaboration are also described. Implications are discussed. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A