Research Examining the Relationships Between Consultation Procedures, Treatment Integrity, and Outcomes

Authored by: George H. Noell , Kristin A. Gansle

Handbook of Research in School Consultation

Print publication date:  April  2014
Online publication date:  April  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415501200
eBook ISBN: 9780203133170
Adobe ISBN: 9781136478444


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Consultation is an increasingly important educational practice providing educators and parents support to strengthen systems, prevent problems, and intervene. Consultation is very rarely a solution unto itself, but rather a vehicle for developing, implementing, monitoring, and iteratively improving solutions for socially significant concerns (Erchul & Martens, 2010; Kratochwill, Bergan, Sheridan, & Elliott, 1998; Zins, Kratochwill, & Elliott, 1993). Although each of these actions may be individually challenging, a consequential literature has emerged demonstrating that intervention plan implementation is uniquely challenging (e.g., DiGennaro, Martens, & Kleinmann, 2007; Gilbertson, Witt, Singletary, & VanDerHeyden, 2007). The implementation challenge is particularly critical for at least two reasons. First, a wealth of data from varied contexts reinforces the reality that it is difficult for adults to implement and sustain behavior change in the context of the complex demands and motivations of natural environments (e.g., Schwarzer, 2008). Second, plans that are never implemented have little chance of benefiting anyone.

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