Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Special education--Planning; School psychologists; Group problem solving;
The historical legislation mandating multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) in schools is well known, yet relatively little attention has been directed toward either evaluating systematic processes that would lead to the desired outcome of better services to all students or educating team members in problem solving content and process. The purpose of the study was to examine the factors that influence problem solving outcomes and other aspects of service delivery in MDT settings, including the changing role of school psychologists.
Results indicated much variability and little consensus in several areas: clarity of role expectations, family involvement, interdisciplinary collaboration, continuing educational training, and overall functioning and structure of multidisciplinary teams. Effective MDTs work to increase skill and knowledge in systematic problem solving, engage families in decision-making processes, demand equal member participation, and continue group process and team effectiveness training.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations
Annette M. Carmer
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©2000 Debra S. Meyer
Meyer, Debra S., "Effective multidisciplinary team problem solving : a review of literature" (2000). Graduate Research Papers. 1181.