ERIC Number: ED296154
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Supervision of Paraprofessional Workers in Special Needs Vocational Education.
Learn, Richard L.
Paraprofessional workers (teachers' aides) can help special needs students in vocational education classes. In order for them to function properly, they need supervision, which may vary among institutions, but should include some inservice orientation and training. Some of the topics that should be covered in the training of paraprofessionals include job role expectations; knowledge of handicaps and disadvantagement; behavioral management and physical control; observing, recording, and reporting student behavior; tutoring techniques; school policies; instructional materials and other resources; first aid and safety; legal and ethical issues; equipment operation and job-specific skills; and orientation to the school. Training activities should be conducted by teachers, principals, and counselors; they should include observation of classes, microteaching, and meetings between teachers and paraprofessionals. Finally, teachers must be aware of their "sacred space" and be willing to share responsibilities with their papraprofessionals when such sharing will benefit students with special needs. (KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Pennsylvania Vocational Education Conference (Champion, PA, June 28-July 1, 1988).