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Ch. 4 Considerations

Other Considerations for the Consultant

Effective consultation requires attention to many factors outside the immediate consultant–teacher interaction and beyond the content and process skills discussed in Chapter 3. Here we review influences on the consultation and coaching processes and identify outcomes to consider. Consultant factor and teacher factors are described, as well as parent and student factors. The more we are aware of the factors, the better prepared we will be to help ensure a successful consultation.

1. A framework for teacher training

  • What are examples of presage variables that impact teacher or student consultation outcomes?
  • What about process variables?
  • What are some specific context variables?  Provide examples of each.
  • What experience have  you had that confirms or negates these factors?

2. Consultant characteristics that impact consultation

  • Describe the advantages and disadvantages of being in internal consultant (with regard to entry, confidentiality, teacher evaluation, and teacher willingness to participate).
  • Describe the advantages and disadvantages of being in external consultant.
  • Which type of consultant has the overall advantage and why?

3. Teacher characteristics that impact consultation

  • Describe three features of teacher characteristics that impact consultation and why.
  • What other factors, in addition to the ones listed, might impact teacher responsiveness to consultation?

4. Parent and student considerations

  • What parent characteristics impact consultation and why?
  • What student characteristics impact consultation and why?