ERIC Number: ED229952
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Sep
Reference Count: 0
A State of the Art Assessment of Paraprofessional Use in Special Education in the State of Nebraska.
Vasa, Stanley F.; And Others
A two part study examined the use and needs of paraprofessionals in the education of handicapped children in Nebraska. Financial forms from school districts were analyzed to determine the number of special education teacher aides employed, salary costs, program costs, and number of students served. In the second part, administrators, special education teachers, and special education teacher aides were surveyed regarding existing programs and support services as well as future needs. Results were analyzed in terms of three major areas: (1) selection, training and employment of special education teacher aides; (2) supervision and evaluation of special education teacher aides; and (3) characteristics of teacher aides employed in Nebraska. Implications were then considered for six major issues (sample findings in parentheses): special education teacher training needs (respondents felt a need for teachers to be trained to supervise teacher aides); aides' training needs (11 areas, including school policy, legal and ethical issues, and tutoring techniques were identified as significant needs); selection criteria (completion of training was very rarely used as a selection mechanism); supervision guidelines for teacher aides (25 percent of administrators and teachers reported that no formal evaluation of aides was being performed); characteristics of aides (their age, relatively low level of educational training, and high turnover may be reflected in the mean salary range of $3.49 to $4.40 per hour); and delivery of service to handicapped students via special education teacher aides (aides reported spending approximately 65 percent of their time in direct instruction). Findings suggest the need for developing guidelines on aide training. The research instruments used in the study are appended. (CL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Nebraska State Dept. of Education, Lincoln. Special Education Section.
Authoring Institution: Nebraska Univ., Lincoln. Dept. of Special Education.