ERIC Number: ED149522
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Paraprofessional Movement in Special Education: Historical Perspective.
The first of a series of four documents, the paper reviews the paraprofessional movement in special education from 1957 to 1977 with regard to utilization, training, and efficacy on handicapped children's performance. Data collected (1973-74) on the paraprofessional utilization in educational programs for handicapped children is seen to suggest that paraprofessionals were primarily being used to provide instruction to handicapped children and to increase the delivery of individualized instruction to the handicapped. The majority of paraprofessional training is noted to be described in the literature as short-term in-service training in specific skill areas of delivery. Research on the impact that trained paraprofessionals have on handicapped children is summarized as indicating that paraprofessionals working with handicapped children have a direct effect on children's academic performance; and that in comparison with professionals, paraprofessionals perform as well, and in some instances better. (SBH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: City Univ. of New York, NY. Queens Coll. New Careers Training Lab.