EDU8328 Consultation and Communication: Theory and Practice

Subject Cat-nbr Term Mode Description Units Campus
EDU 8328 2, 2010 EXT Consultation and Communication: Theory and Practice 1 Toowoomba

Academic group: FOEDU
Academic org: FOE002
Student contribution band: National Priority Teaching
ASCED code: 070113



Examiner: Stephen Hughes
Moderator: Patrick O'Brien


The last decade has seen major changes in the role and function of class teachers and specialist support staff. Increasingly, educators are required to work cooperatively in the development and delivery of instruction and related education services. Such activities require a high level of skill in communication, in collaborative consultation, and in interpersonal problem solving.


In this course the student is introduced to the theory and practice of collaborative consultation and related communication and interpersonal problem solving skills. The course is designed to meet the needs of both class teachers and specialist support teachers. Its particular focus is on the delivery of appropriate instruction and services to children with learning, behaviour, and adjustment problems, but is relevant to all educators seeking professional development in communication skills and the processes of consultation.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. The assessment item(s) that may be used to assess student achievement of an objective are shown in parenthesis. On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

define consultation as it applies in the field of education (Scenario and Quiz 1 and 3).
critically review the theory and models of consultation used in the social science (Scenario and Quiz 1 and 3).
provide a rationale for why class teachers and support teachers should be familiar with the processes and skills of consultation (Scenario and Quiz 1 and 3)
define collaborative consultation (Scenario and Quiz 1 and 3)
demonstrate an understanding of the process of collaborative consultation in the school setting (Scenario and Quiz 2 and 3)
review and discuss the efficacy and limitations of collaborative consultation. (Scenario and Quiz 2 and 3


Description Weighting (%)
1. Changing models of service delivery
2. Consultation: theory, models, principles
3. Consultation: stages and processes
4. Prereferral intervention
5. Collaborative consultation
6. Skills of collaboration
7. Consultation: efficacy, limitations

TEXT and MATERIALS required to be PURCHASED or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials are available for purchase from USQ BOOKSHOP (unless otherwise stated). Orders may be placed via secure internet, free fax 1800642453, phone 07 46312742 (within Australia), or mail. Overseas students should fax +61 7 46311743, or phone +61 7 46312742. For costs, further details, and internet ordering, use the 'Textbook Search' facility at click 'Semester', then enter your 'Course Code' (no spaces).

Friend, M & Cook, L 2007, Interactions: collaboration skills for school professionals, 6th edn, Allyn & Bacon, Boston.


Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Brown, D., Pryzwansky, W.B. & Schulte, A.C. 2006, Psychological consultation and collaboration: Introduction to theory and practice, 5th edn, Pearson Education Inc. Boston.

Correa, V.I., Jones, H.A., Thomas, C.C. & Morsink, C.V. 2005, Interactive teaming: Enhancing programs for students with special needs., 4th edn, Pearson Education Inc. New Jersey Columbus, Ohio.

Dettmer,P, Thurston, LP & Dyck, NJ 2005, Consultation, collaboration and teamwork for students with special needs, 5th edn, Pearson, Sydney.

Kampwirth, T.J. 2006, Collaborative consultation in the schools: Eddective practices for students with learning and behaviour problems., Pearson Education Inc, New Jersey Columbus, Ohio.


Assessments 35.00
Directed Study 100.00
Private Study 30.00


Description Marks out of Wtg(%) Due date Notes
QUIZ 1 20 20 16 Aug 2010 (see note 1)
QUIZ 2 20 20 04 Oct 2010  
SCENARIO 40 40 15 Oct 2010 (see note 2)
QUIZ 3 20 20 29 Oct 2010  
Students please refer to the introductory book for information about assessments. There are three (3) quizzes with due dates 16/08/2010; 04/10/2010 and 29/10/2010.
Students please refer to the introductory book for information about assessments.


  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.
  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least at least 50% of the marks available for each assessment item.
  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.
  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.
  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.
  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.
  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There will be no Deferred or Supplementary examinations in this course.
  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These polices can be found at the URL


1. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.


  1. Students will require access to e-mail and Internet access to UConnect for this course.
  2. Students are to use the APA referencing system for this course.

This version produced 17 May 2011.