ERIC Number: ED297510
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Mar-31
Reference Count: 0
Preservice and Inservice Training Program To Prepare Teachers To Supervise and Work More Effectively with Paraprofessional Personnel.
Steckelberg, Allen; Vasa, Stanley F.
The use of auxiliary personnel, which includes paraprofessionals, volunteers, and peer- and cross-peer tutors, has become prevalent in special education programs. Teacher education programs need to focus on the skills required by teachers to utilize these assistants appropriately and effectively. This paper outlines one method for incorporating an instructional module into an undergraduate teacher curriculum. The training module's components include: rationale for utilization of auxiliary personnel, legal and ethical constraints upon use, description of roles and responsibilities of teachers and auxiliary personnel, issues in training auxiliary personnel, and methods for supervising paraprofessionals. It is recommended that the competencies be achieved through an intact instructional module delivered primarily in one course, and guidelines are provided for appropriate placement of the module in the curriculum. Student competencies upon completion of the module are listed. The instructional methodology utilizes student reading materials, lecture presentations, class discussions, class assignments, and assessment of student knowledge. (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children (66th, Washington, DC, March 28-April 1, 1988).