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ERIC Number: ED429745
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Pages: 7
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The Roles of Paraeducators in a Rural-Remote State: Views of Administrators, Teachers, and Paras.
Hoover, John H.
The state education agency in a northern rural state funded a study that investigated paraeducator training and roles in special education. Surveys were completed by 153 principals, 297 general education teachers, 554 special educators, and 572 paraeducators. Study results include data on the role of paraeducators, their educational background, and their training. Findings include the following: (1) paraeducators served primarily students with mild disabilities; (2) while 28 percent of paraprofessionals provided services in self-contained classrooms, most services were offered in general education environments; (3) some problems of role confusion were noted; (4) paraeducators served a mean of 12.8 students, but about 10 percent served only 1 student; (5) about one fifth of paraeducators were in their first year of employment; (6) paraeducators tended to be well educated, with a third having 4-year degrees or better; and (7) paraprofessionals tended to be satisfied with state-mandated training. (CDS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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