Team Coordination Problems Addressed by VISTA That Interfere with Effective Education
Reprinted with permission from: Listen
for the Bus: David's
Story by Patricia McMahon (photographs by John Godt). (1995). Boyds
Mills Press, Sherman, CT.
- Separate goals for each professional discipline.
- Selection of goals and services that may not be educationally
relevant or necessary.
- Ambiguous roles among service providers and role confusion.
- Role overlap among service providers that increases the
probability of gaps, overlaps, contradictions and conflicts among team
- Decision-making practices that inadequately include the
perspective of families.
- Service provision recommendations that are not clearly referenced
to functions served by related service staff
- Decisions and services that come from primarily an expert
consultation approach that is typically unidirectional from the
specialist to the teachers and family.
- Unnecessarily large numbers of professionals resulting in
fragmented and disjointed services provision and often, complicated
- Unknown, and typically undocumented impact or effectiveness of
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