Volume 9, Issue 3 (1980)
Teacher Consultation: A Functional Approach
Timothy E. Heron, Rosemary Catera
Regardless of the mechanism consultants employ to deliver services to teachers, some common guidelines exist regarding the process by which school consultation should be conducted.For example, Meyers (1973) and Bergan (1977) admonish the consultant to deemphasize his contribution in the consultation decision making process. They advise that the consultant should state a priori to the consultee that he is free to accept or reject any suggestion or recommendation offered by the consultant. Also, they state that the consultee should feel as if the delivery plan was his own, or at least a jointly developed idea, rather than a plan recommended by the consultant alone. Additionally, Meyers and Bergan recommended that joint responsibility be taken for implementing the plan, and that the outcome of the behavioral consultation should be measured in functional terms. Finally, they suggest that the consultee conduct and evaluate as much of the plan as possible to increase the chance that behaviors learned as a function of the consultation are maintained in the absence of the consultant.
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