Interactions: Collaboration Skills for School Professionals

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Pearson A and B, 2007 - Education - 394 pages
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The most widely-used text on the topic of collaboration, Interactions is a guide for preprofessionals and professionals to help them understand and participate effectively in their interactions with other school professionals and parents. It addresses collaboration as a style, with accompanying knowledge and skills, that guides practices in many education efforts.

Interactions provides a cutting-edge look at how teams of school professionals- special educators, general educators and related services professionals-can effectively work together to provide a necessary range of services to students with special needs. As a result, future teachers learn how to collaborate with school professionals and families to help special education students who are more often being placed in general education settings.

The new edition features: discussion of collaboration in the context of IDEA 2004; Chapter Opening Vignettes; a new boxed feature entitled "A Basis in Research" that demonstrates the rigorous research underpinning the practical collaborative techniques; an expanded section on Ethics that includes a broader selection of ethical inquiries; Issues of diversity are now discussed in relevant passages throughout the text; the Foundations chapter has been expanded to include material on the evolution of inclusion strategies; the Teams chapter has been revised to demonstrate a more practical and less theoretical approach to teaming.

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User Review  - Amanda Mastran - Goodreads

A very expensive read and probably not one you'll want to read straight through, but an excellent resource for anyone who works in education. Read full review

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User Review  - Rebekah - Goodreads

A good reference book for educators who collaborate frequently, which is to say, all of us. It clearly discusses the elements of an effective collaborative team, and the stages of team development to ... Read full review


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Marilyn Friend, Ph.D., has spent her career as a general education teacher, special education teacher, teacher educator, and staff developer. She is currently Chairperson and Professor of Education in the Department of Specialized Education Services at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro where she teaches coursework on inclusive practices and collaboration among service providers. She has consulted with school professionals nationally and internationally as they collaborate to educate their students, assisting them to form productive and efficient work teams, to learn the best ways to manage awkward or adversarial conversations, and to communicate effectively with parents. Her particular areas of interest include skills for collaboration, co-teaching, inclusive school practices, team building, shared problem solving, interpesonal communication, and home-school communication. She is the author (with Dr. Lynne Cook) of "Interactions: Collaboration Skills for School Professionals, 5/e" (c) 2007 and (with Dr. William Bursuck)" Including Students with Special Needs: A Practical Guide for Classroom Teachers, 4e" (c) 2006. In addition, Dr. Friend...

  • has made over 1000 presentations to educators in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia.
  • has published over 40 articles on topics related to collaboration and inclusive practices.
  • has co-produced a videotape "The Power of Two" (1995) on co-teaching (two teachers working together in a single classroom) distributed by CEC as well as one called "Complexities of Collaboration "(2000) on common dilemmas that occur when professionals work closely together.
  • was recipient of a Fulbright Award to work witheducators in Portugal on topics related to professional collaboration and parent communication.
  • has been both a classroom teacher and a special education teacher.

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