Collaboration Towards Inclusion: An interprofessional learning opportunity for education and speech pathology students
Speech Pathology Australia
Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science
School of Psychology and Social Science / Social Justice Research Centre
In order to support the policy of inclusion, where children with special educational needs are catered for within general education classrooms, teachers and speech pathologists need to develop close collaborative practices. This paper reports on an interprofessional learning opportunity for education and speech pathology students to explore and learn about each other’s role and work through cases. Reports on interprofessional learning opportunities between these two professions have been published but are relatively sparse at the undergraduate level. An evaluation completed by 19 students revealed a positive response to the experience but also suggestions for change. It is suggested that encouraging students to consider collaboration and inclusion early in their training may help to develop positive and flexible attitudes to the challenges of collaboration in practice.