Online Preservice Training in Early Intervention and School-Based Practice: Understanding Interprofessional Role Perception and Communication
Background/Rationale: Collaboration and interprofessional communication are paramount in early intervention and school-based services. Using pedagogical technology, such as Blackboard, likely influences interprofessional communication and role perception, but in what ways is not understood. The objectives of this study were to explore the interprofessional communication and role perceptions of occupational therapy, physical therapy, and communication disorders entrylevel graduate students enrolled in an online course, and how these changed over the semester.
Methods/Methodology: Participants were students in an online interprofessional preservice training course in early intervention and school based practice. Participants responded to questions about interprofessional role perceptions and communication at the start and end of the semester. Responses were downloaded from Blackboard and analyzed qualitatively for themes. Results: Six occupational therapy, two physical therapy, and ten communication disorders students participated. Findings indicated the students had stereotypical role perceptions about their own and other disciplines, which did not change significantly pre to post; the students’ understanding of the other disciplines improved; and the students’ understanding of areas of practice overlap among disciplines changed. The students’ online interprofessional communication consisted of few clinical stories or examples; polite communication with few disagreements or conflicts; and reliance of “expert” opinion to strengthen their comments.
Conclusions: Pedagogical technology, such as Blackboard, influences the interprofessional communication and role perceptions among disciplines, and may help develop professionals who are ready to collaborate in practice.
Dana M. Howell, Christine Myers, and Peggy Wittman. "Online Preservice Training in Early Intervention and School-Based Practice: Understanding Interprofessional Role Perception and Communication" 3rd Biennial Interprofessional Educational Conference--Collaborating Across Borders--Poster Session. Tuscon, Arizona. Nov. 2011.
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