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Interprofessional collaboration in schools (DeLuca et al., 2023)

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posted on 2023-09-05, 22:04 authored by Tim DeLuca, Rouzana Komesidou, Richard Pelletier, Tiffany P. Hogan

Purpose: This survey study examined factors that may influence interprofessional collaboration in schools to support children with oral and written language impairments, namely, knowledge, collaborative beliefs and practices, and resources.

Method: A survey was conducted across 319 school-based professionals, in a partnering public school district, to examine these constructs within the context of each individual participant’s professional role.

Results: Between-groups comparisons were made between special educators, general educators, paraprofessionals, and indirect educators (i.e., those whose roles do not explicitly include language-based instruction). Special educators had significantly higher levels of learning experiences and knowledge about language disorders compared to other groups. Those who engaged in the most independent learning (i.e., learning outside of pre- or in-service learning) exhibited the highest levels of knowledge. Collaborative beliefs among professionals were best predicted by access to resources and overall professional learning experiences. More positive collaborative beliefs, in turn, predicted higher rates of collaborative behaviors. Resources were predicted by a small negative relationship with years of experience and by working in specific school buildings within the district. Those with less experience in specific buildings reported more resources.

Conclusion: Individuals with higher levels of individual learning and positive attitudes toward collaboration may enhance the interprofessional collaborative practices of teams supporting children with language disorders.

Supplemental Material S1. Survey of interprofessional collaboration practices to support literacy development in a public school system.

DeLuca, T., Komesidou, R., Pelletier, R., & Hogan, T. (2023). What works in collaboration? Identifying key ingredients to improve service delivery in schools. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 54(4), 1103–1116.


Research reported in this publication was supported by a Public School Contract for Services, Building Capacity for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice to Improve Educational Services for Students With Dyslexia and Developmental Language Disorder, 2020–2022, awarded to Rouzana Komesidou.