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ERIC Number: EJ1209746
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1047-4412
Facilitators and Pitfalls in the Use of Consultation Strategies: Prospective Special Educators' Self-Reflections on Audio-Recorded Consultation Sessions
Sundqvist, Christel
Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation, v29 n2 p158-187 2019
The purpose of this study was to explore how prospective special educators (PSEs) used and experienced different types of consultation skills in consultation sessions they held with general educators. The participants were 17 PSEs in Finland attending a course in which problem-solving stages and communication skills were taught. The PSEs' self-reflections on the audio-recorded consultation sessions were analyzed using an interpretative hermeneutical approach with qualitative content analysis. The strategies they used can be described as creating frames and clarity, applying reflective listening, offering keys and lifelines, and supporting the change. The results concerning facilitators indicated that the PSEs found both problem-solving stages and communication skills useful. Several pitfalls indicated that although the PSEs were aware of the consultation skills, they were still unable to apply them flexibly. The results indicated that self-reflection can be used as a tool in PSEs' consultation training, but as a complement, more supervised consultation training is also needed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Finland