Volume 21, Issue 1 (1992)
Quantifying Verbal Interactions in School-Based Consultation: A Comparison of Four Coding Schemes
Brian K. Martens, William P. Erchul, Joseph C. Witt
Researchers in school-based consultation have shown a renewed interest in linking interpersonal communication processes to consultation outcomes. Central to research in this area is the development and use of reliable methods for quantifying verbal interactions occurring between the consultant and consultee. In this study, we describe four coding schemes (Bergan & Tombari, 1975; Folger & Puck, 1976; Rogers & Farace, 1975; Tracey & Ray, 1984) reported in the consultation literature, and illustrate their application to a common set of four behavioral consultation interviews. Consultant and consultee scores on key variables within each coding scheme are presented. Comparisons among the four schemes are made, as are suggestions for their future use in school-based consultation research.
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