ERIC Number: ED097300
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
The Utilization and Training of Paraprofessionals in Special Education. Present Status and Future Prospects.
City Univ. of New York, NY. Queens Coll. New Careers Training Lab.
This report, divided into two sections, presents the findings of an investigation to gather data on the present utilization and training of paraprofessionals in the field of the handicapped and outlines career ladder and training models for paraprofessionals and special education teachers. The following methods were used to gather data: (a) literature review, (b) survey to state directors of special education, (c) survey to professional organizations, (d) survey to private and state schools, and (e) on-site visits. The investigation revealed the following: (a) the lack of training received by paraprofessionals and (b) the need for training paraprofessionals emphasized by professional organizations, private and state schools, administrators, special education teachers, and other paraprofessionals. The second section focuses on the training of paraprofessionals to work in education programs for handicapped children. Generally issues concerning training designs are reviewed; models are proposed that may serve as a base of reference for establishing training models for paraprofessionals and for teachers working with paraprofessionals; a model career ladder is detailed; and samples of task anayses on specific content areas of the special education curriculum are presented. Samples of the mail questionnaires and lists of professional organizations, colleges involved in training paraprofessionals, and selected training programs are included in the appendixes. (PD)
Descriptors: Educational Programs, Handicapped Children, Models, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Surveys
New Careers Training Laboratory, 184 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10010 ($5.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: City Univ. of New York, NY. Queens Coll. New Careers Training Lab.