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Volume 38, Issue 4 (2009)

Measuring the Behavioral Indicators of Instructional Consultation: A Preliminary Validity Study

pp. 496—509

Abstract. Instructional Consultation is a school-based consultation model designed to enhance student and staff performance. An interview-based, self-report instrument, the Level of Implementation Scale was developed to measure the presence of behavioral indicators of the seven critical dimensions of Instructional Consultation. The current article evaluates the accuracy of measuring these behavioral indicators, comparing the Level of Implementation Scale interview responses from consultants and teachers to analyses of the actual recorded consultation sessions, to verify whether the interview responses captured the consultation behaviors. Participants were 20 newly trained consultants and their teacher consultees. Audiotape recordings of the consultation sessions were rated to determine the presence of the behavioral indicators, and resulting scores compared to those reported in the Level of Implementation Scale interviews. The current study found that self-report Level of Implementation Scale interview results were significantly related to actual consultation behaviors. No significant discrepancies were found on any of the seven critical dimensions.

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