Interactions: Collaboration Skills for School Professionals / Edition 6

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Highlights of the Sixth Edition

NEW Families Chapter (Chapter 8) explores professional interactions with parents, the historical and current roles of families, and overview of family systems theory. Strategies for effectively interacting with families from diverse cultural groups are stressed.

NEW! Technology Tools. Recognizing the rapidly growing use of technology in the practice of collaboration, each chapter addresses specific technology applications for collabration, including new tools such as wikis and RSS feeds.

NEW! A Case for Collaboration. Each chapter concludes with realistic cases demonstrating ways in which concepts and practices are applied in actual situations.

NEW! Collaborative Activities. Application items designed for group interaction are found at the end of each chapter.

Cases and Vignettes. Case descriptions and vignettes are presented at the opening and throughout each chapter to illustrate relevant concepts and principles.

Putting Ideas into Practice. Features elaborate on concepts, skills, and practices as they’re applied in real school settings.

A Basis in Research. Pertinent research studies, recognizing the developing research base in the area of collaboration and the importance research-based practices.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780137152056
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 4/10/2009
  • Series: Pearson Custom Education Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Fundamentals of Collaboration  

Collaboration Concepts  


Defining Characteristics for Collaboration  

Emergent Characteristics  

The Dilemmas of Collaboration  

Collaboration in a Contemporary Context  

Societal Trends  

School Collaboration  

Special Education Collaboration  

A Framework for Learning about Collaboration  


A Case for Collaboration

Collaborative Activities  

2 Interpersonal Problem Solving  

A Context for Interpersonal Problem Solving  

Reactive and Proactive Problem Solving  

Deciding Whether to Problem Solve  

Steps in Interpersonal Problem Solving  

Identifying the Problem  

Generating Potential Solutions  

Evaluating Potential Solutions  

Selecting the Solution  

Implementing the Solution  

Evaluating the Outcome  

Putting the Problem-Solving Pieces Together  


A Case for Collaboration

Collaborative Activities

3. Teams

Team Concepts  

Characteristics of Teams  

Developmental Stages for Teams  

Rationale for and Benefits of Teams  

Team Models  

Disciplinary Relationships on Teams  

Types of Student-Centered Teams  

Effectiveness of Teams  

The Team’s Goals Are Clear  

Members’ Needs Are Met  

Members Have Individual Accountability  

Group Processes Maintain the Team  

Team Members Have Leadership Skills  

Conducting Meetings  

Prior to the Meeting  

During the Meeting  

After the Meeting  

Collaboration and Teams  

S ummary  

A Case for Collaboration

Collaborative Activities

4 Consultation  

Consultation Concepts  

Characteristics of Consultation  

Rationale for and Benefits of Consultation  

Consultation Models  

Behavioral Consultation  

Clinical Consultation  

Choosing and Using Consultation Models  

Consultation and Collaboration  

The Consulting Relationship  

Issues in Consultation as Collaborative Service Delivery  


A Case for Collaboration  

Collaborative Activities

5 Co-Teaching

Co-Teaching Concepts  

Defining Characteristics of Co-Teaching  

Rationale for Co-Teaching  

Co-Teaching Approaches  

One Teaching, One Observing  

Station Teaching  

Parallel Teaching  

Alternative Teaching  


One Teaching, One Assisting  

Co-Teaching and Collaboration  

The Co-Teaching Relationship  

Maintaining Collaborative Relationships in Co-Teaching  

Administrative and Pragmatic Matters Related to Co-Teaching  

Use of Planning Time  


A Case for Collaboration

Collaborative Activities 

6 Paraeducators   


Paraeducators in Public Schools  

Paraeducator Qualifications  

The Prevalence of Paraeducators  

Paraeducator Roles and Responsibilities  

Instructional Responsibilities  

Noninstructional Responsibilities  

Ethical Considerations  

Paraeducators Supplement Instruction  

Parent Communication and Input  

The Problem of Proximity  

Working with Paraeducators  

Training Paraeducators  

Planning with Paraeducators  

Assigning Responsibilities to Paraeducators  

Communicating with Paraeducators  

Supervising Paraeducators  

Paraeducators and Collaboration  


A Case for Collaboration

Collaborative Activities  

7 Practical Matters   

Time for Planning  

Options for Creating Shared Planning Time  

Scheduling and Coordinating Services  

Establishing Schedules in a Collaborative School  

Coordinating Services for Collaboration  

Roles and Role Responsibilities  

School as a Professional Workplace  

Role Management  

Stress and Stress Management  

Dealing with Stress

Professional Development

Types of Professional Development

Participant Involvement

Design and Delivery

Collaboration Embedded in Shared Improvement Planning

Shared Leadership

Leadership and Teacher Teams

Parent Involvement  


A Case for Collaboration

Collaborative Activities

8 Families

Understanding Families

Family Systems Theory

Family Life Cycles

Cultural Influences

Unique Factors and Barriers to Collaboration

Facilitating Family Participation in Decision Making

Providing Information to Families

Assisting Families to Participate in Student-Centered Meetings


A Case for Collaboration

Collaborative Activities

9 Interpersonal Communication  

The Process of Communication  

A Model of Communication   

Concepts Reflected in the Communication Process  

Communication Types  

Prerequisites to Effective Interactions  

Frame of Reference  

Communication Skills  


Nonverbal Communication  

Developing Effective Communication Skills  

Principles for Effective Interpersonal Communication  

Suggestions for Improving Your Communication Skills  


A Case for Collaboration

Collaborative Activities

Appendix: A Cultural Self-Awareness Journey  

10 Using Statements   

Purposes of Statements  

Statements That Provide Information  

Statements That Seek Information  

Statements That Confirm or Clarify Information  

Giving Verbal Feedback  

Characteristics of Effective Interpersonal Feedback  

Guidelines for Giving Effective Feedback  


A Case for Collaboration

Collaborative Activities  

For Further Reading  

11 Asking Questions   

Purposes of Questions  

Questions That Seek Information   

Questions That Provide Information  

Questions That Clarify or Confirm Information   

Characteristics of Questions  

Question Format  

Degree of Concreteness  

Suggestions for Effectively Asking Questions  

Use Pauses Effectively  

Monitor Question-Asking Interactions  

Attend to the Cultural Context  

Make Questions Meaningful  

Conducting Interviews  

Prior to the Interview  

During the Interview  

After the Interview  

Final Thoughts on Interviewing  


A Case for Collaboration 

Collaborative Activities  

12 Difficult Interactions   

Understanding Conflict  

Causes of Conflict  

The Influence of Organizational Variables  

School Administration and Organization  

Conflict Response Styles  

Resolving Conflict through Negotiation  

Resolving Conflict through Mediation  

Conflict and Diversity  

Understanding Resistance  

Causes of Resistance  

Indicators of Resistance  

Assessing Whether to Address Resistance  

Persuasion as a Strategy for Responding to Resistance  

Putting the Pieces Together  


A Case for Collaboration

Collaborative Activities and Assignments    

Appendix: Conflict Management Style Survey  

13 Perspectives and Issues   

Role-Specific Considerations in Collaboration  

Working with Administrators  

Working with General Education Teachers  

Working with Professionals from Other Disciplines  

Context Considerations for Collaboration  

Interagency Contexts  

Early Intervention and Preschool Settings  

Vocational and Community-Based Services  

Multicultural Contexts  

Technology Based Contexts

Student-to-Student Collaboration  

Ethics in Collaborative Practice  

Common Ethical Issues  

Responding to Ethical Issues


A Case for Collaboration 

Collaborative Activities  

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