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ERIC Number: ED204983
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug-30
Reference Count: 0
Alternatives for Paraprofessional Training: Field Based Inservice for Those Who Work with Handicapped Children. A First and Second Year Report.
The report covers the first two years of the 3 year Alternatives for Paraprofessional Training (APT) project. The project addresses the need for training paraprofessionals who currently are working with young handicapped children in rural and urban areas of Texas. APT provides onsite competency based training for paraprofessionals through a variety of alternatives matched to system specific needs. In addition, complementary training is provided the supervising teacher to facilitate effective utilization of APT trained paraprofessionals. The APT project has identified a core set of competencies for paraprofessionals and developed related training sessions and training needs survey. Using a process training model, core competencies are matched with system specific requirements and training needs in order to conduct field based training designed to meet individual site needs. During the first year of the project, 7,000 participant training hours were delivered for more than 1,000 attendees in rural and urban locations throughout the state. In the second year, approximately 8,000 participant training hours were delivered for 1,200 attendees. Appendixes include a listing of competencies for paraprofessionals, a listing of the topics for the 32 work sessions, an outline of the interface of competencies and work sessions, and a model certificate of recognition for program completion. Also available from the author are detailed reports of program implementation at each site. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.
Identifiers: Paraprofessional Training; Texas
Note: Appendixes F and G comprising more than two thirds of the document have been omitted due to local nature of material and inclusion of personal names.