Section Commentary

Adapting Consultation Research to Challenges of the 21st Century

Authored by: Beth Doll

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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The four chapters in this section of the Handbook discuss research occurring at the leading edge of 21st century consultation. They trace a four-decade transformation of consultation from simple indirect service models (school psychologists help teachers plan strategies for difficult-to-teach students) to multifaceted frameworks for service that have been tailored to special populations (early childhood consultation; LoCasale-Crouch, Cabell, Jimenez, & Taylor, this volume), employ emerging educational technologies (response-to-intervention consultation, Reschly & Reschly, this volume), and use various configurations of consultants and consultees (team consultation, Dowd-Eagle & Eagle, this volume). The fourth chapter on consultation training (Newell & Newman, this volume) traces the gradual instruction refinement, modeling, guided practice, and feedback that have been used to prepare consultants to meet these ever-more-challenging roles. The chapters’ shared conclusion is that consultation is a pragmatically useful and flexible framework for designing and delivering indirect services in school settings. It has stood the test of time.

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