Interactions: Collaboration Skills for School Professionals eBook, 9th Edition

Marilyn Friend

Interactions: Collaboration Skills for School Professionals eBook, 9th Edition

By Marilyn Friend
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For courses in Collaboration and Consultation in Special Education.

Essential skills for working effectively with colleagues, administrators, professionals, parents, and families toward quality education for all students. Comprehensive and well written, Interactions presents an ideal blend of theory and practical applications for ensuring quality education for all students through cooperation and collaboration. Following an overview of collaboration in schools and across society, the authors introduce essential communication skills that form the foundation for successful collaboration; show a focus on problem solving and its common collaborative applications; and look at such critical topics as teaming, co-teaching, consulting, coaching, mentoring, and conflict and resistance. Every chapter features numerous opportunities to learn new material, reinforce what’s been learned, and think critically about topics. The 9th Edition reflects the continued changes in the priorities for education based on federal mandates as well as practitioner trends, and it is grounded in the real-life experiences of school professionals. It has been thoroughly revised and updated, featuring new information on working with diverse families and paraeducators, plus over 400 new references.

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  • Chapter 10 specifically addresses paraeducators with an emphasis on practical information about appropriate tasks and responsibilities for paraeducators, ways to build a strong collaborative relationship with paraeducators, and issues that sometimes arises in working with these valuable personnel.
  • Chapter 11 directly outlines dimensions of diversity in family structure, and it more clearly incorporates real-world interactions with parents and families, realistically addresses challenges that can arise, and emphasises the importance of respect for diversity when teaming with family members.
  • New coverage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) is included in this edition. This highly collaborative process is clearly outlined, and examples of its implementation are used to illustrate collaboration concepts at several points in the book.
  • More than 400 new references are included throughout the book. These changes demonstrate the growing importance of collaboration and the efforts being made to deeply understand it.
  • A Case for Collaboration case studies are introduced at the beginning of each chapter and woven throughout to give students the opportunity to apply what they are learning in a practical way. At the end of the chapter, Back to the Case features direct readers back to the introductory case and pose questions that encourage students to apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired through their reading, class discussions, and review of supplemental materials.
  • Brief case descriptions and vignettes throughout the text illustrate relevant concepts and principles, bringing them to life for learners. These often include descriptions of specific school situations and extended dialog between professionals or parents.
  • Putting Ideas into Practice features are another means of making written ideas come to life for application in real school settings.
  • E-Partnerships features address technology applications, providing necessary attention to the topic given the rapidly growing use of technology across disciplines.
  • A Collaboration framework graphic at the opening of each chapter depicts the five components of collaboration and their relationship to one another. The components most relevant to the content of each chapter are highlighted in the icons at its opening.
  • Connections sections assist the reader in understanding how the specific chapter content relates to material in other chapters and to the overall goals and organisation of the book.
  • Learning Outcomes inform the reader about the main purposes of the chapter; generally one objective is written for each major section of a chapter. The objectives also help the reader set expectations for what he or she will be able to do after studying the chapter.
  • Summaries at the end of each chapter recap the major points addressed therein. The summaries are intended to assist readers in reviewing their understanding of the chapter’s primary concepts.
  • End-of-chapter Collaborative Activities can be used during class to give candidates the opportunity to be able to address the activities without accessing outside resources, or as out-of-class or independent assignments.
  • Learn More About sections in each chapter include an array of video clips, web sites, and other linked material that supports the topics being addressed. Items in this feature often include questions or explanations to extend readers’ thinking about a topic.
Table of contents
  • Foundations and Perspectives
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Listening, Responding, and Giving Feedback
  • Integrating Skills in Formal and Informal Interviews
  • Group Problem Solving
  • Teams
  • Co-Teaching
  • Consultation, Coaching, and Mentoring
  • Difficult Interactions
  • Paraeducators
  • Families
  • Special Considerations