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ERIC Number: ED416186
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Oct-22
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Impact of Teacher Education Courses on Paraprofessionals' Job Performance, Knowledge, and Goals.
Gittman, Elizabeth; Berger, Randie
A four-year private suburban college and a city public school district collaboratively provided teacher education courses to paraprofessionals working with special needs students in general education classes. The two teacher education courses, offered on the school district's premises, were Teaching, Learning, and Growth and Instructional Strategies and Classroom Management. A group of 28 teachers and administrators responded to a questionnaire about the job performance of 26 paraprofessionals who completed the courses, and 22 paraprofessionals who finished the courses also completed a questionnaire. The teacher/administrator questionnaire asked about their current position in the school, years of experience, awareness of the paraprofessional's enrollment in the course, and beliefs about change in the paraprofessional's behaviors related to working with students with disabilities. The paraprofessional questionnaire asked about educational background, current position, experience, and beliefs about course effectiveness and impact. In an essay, paraprofessionals discussed whether or not they responded differently to student behavior following the course. Results indicated that course participants had improved job performance and greater knowledge of course content and their occupational roles in the classroom. Participants believed they understood and responded to student behavior more appropriately since taking the courses. Many indicated an intention to continue college level study and pursue a career in teaching. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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