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Title: Interprofessional communication in education : a case study
Author: Redford, Morag
Awarding Body: University of Stirling
Current Institution: University of Stirling
Date of Award: 2013
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This thesis is concerned with communication in interprofessional practice, an issue which is identified as a ‘difficulty’ but ‘essential’ in the literature. The research is based on a case study focusing on the communication between professionals in a series of planning meetings held to support the transition of a child with additional support needs from playgroup into the nursery class of a primary school in Scotland. The study explores the dynamics and complexities of communication through the theoretical frameworks of ethnography of communication and Dewey’s concept of communication as participative action. This joint analysis illustrates the way in which the group worked together to make something in common and the extent of commonality that was needed for them to work actively together. The findings show the interprofessional group functioning as a speech community with a bounding feature of working with the child. The soft-shell of this community illustrates a flexibility of practice and the ability of the group to expand or contract to meet the needs of the child and family. The way in which the participants worked together to agree the outcomes they were working towards is an illustration of Deweyan communication, making something in common between them. This process included the recognition of the competence and responsibility of individual professions. The study demonstrates that the doctors who were members of the interprofessional group were recognised as holding more power than the other members of the group and were bound by the outcomes and procedures of their own profession. This difference affected the dynamics of communication within the interprofessional team. The findings add to our understanding of the complexities of communication in an interprofessional team and show that communication in a Deweyan sense can strengthen the work of an interprofessional group and develop their support for the child or family they are working with.
Supervisor: Allan, Julie Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Ed.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: interprofessional ; communication ; education ; Interagency coordination ; Interprofessional relations