ERIC Number: ED219893
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jun
Reference Count: 0
A Study of Paraprofessional Competencies and Statewide Trends for Training.
McDonnell, Barbara; Sewell, Margaret
The California Special Education Paraprofessional Training Task Force conducted a survey to determine the role and utilization of paraprofessionals in special education and corresponding competencies required, the degree of perceived need for training, and desirability of developing a certification plan for statewide training in the state. A survey form was developed and sent to 50 administrators and program specialists, 120 teachers and resource specialists, 98 instructional aides, 66 parents, and 29 designated instructional service people. On over 80% of the sample, respondents agreed that aides should be required to have preservice, inservice, and on the job training; planned training programs for aides appeared to be minimal, infrequent, or not publicized; and certification and licensure was not supported by aides. Appendixes, which make up more than half the document, include a paper titled "Paraprofessionals in Special Education--The State of the Art--1979" by A. Pickett; job descriptions; state licensing regulations for Kansas, Texas, Louisiana, and Wisconsin; survey forms; sample letters; and California Title V regulation recommendations. (SW)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento.
Authoring Institution: De Anza Coll., Cupertino, CA.
Identifiers: California; Paraprofessional Training