The transdisciplinary team approach as an organizational saga: A case study

Date of Award




Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)


Higher Education

First Committee Member

Harland Bloland, Committee Chair


The Transdisciplinary Team Approach at the United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) preschool program was examined in this naturalistic investigation.Subjects were twenty-five professionals and nonprofessionals employed at UCP working with developmentally delayed children from birth through five years of age. The method of participant observation was utilized involving interviews and observations of all participants over a six month period together with a case history of the team encompassing ten years. Content of the transcripts was analyzed from the organizational saga perspective and aspects of the institutional approach to the study of organizations.The efficacy of a team approach in working with a young handicapped population was discussed with implications for developing new educational delivery system models to better meet the needs of team skills and to deal effectively with funding restrictions.


Education, Early Childhood; Education, Special

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