ERIC Number: EJ736495
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-May
Reference Count: 30
The Role of the Special Needs Assistant Supporting Pupils with Special Educational Needs in Irish Mainstream Primary Schools
Support for Learning, v21 n2 p92-99 May 2006
In this article the author describes a small-scale study into the role of the special needs assistant (SNA) supporting the inclusion of pupils with learning difficulties in the Irish Republic. The findings regarding the perspectives of teachers, principals, SNAs, pupils supported by SNAs and their parents on the support offered to three pupils are also described. The actual (as distinct from the prescribed) role of SNAs, including the issue of SNAs working in a general rather than a pupil-specific capacity, and the nature of the SNA-teacher relationship are discussed. The main findings emerging from the data were that the role of the SNA is one of both education and care and that SNAs are a welcome support for inclusion. Issues emerging from the study include the need for effective communication and planning, shared understanding of the role and responsibilities of SNAs and ongoing monitoring of the way in which support is provided.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Special Needs Students, Inclusive Schools, Learning Problems, Mainstreaming, Teacher Aides, Role, Special Education, Interpersonal Relationship, Principals, Teacher Attitudes, Parent Attitudes, Elementary Schools
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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