ERIC Number: ED454200
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Teaming, Supervision and Evaluation: Teacher-Paraeducator Team Perspectives of Their Teaching.
Morgan, Jill; Ashbaker, Betty Y.; Young, James R.
This study examined perceived advantages and disadvantages of teacher-paraeducator teams, discussing how to enhance the effectiveness of such teams. Focus groups were held with three groups of paraeducators and three groups of teachers from rural and urban schools in Idaho and Utah. Participants shared their views on using a team approach to their work, examining the benefits and disadvantages of working as a team. They also discussed their experiences with supervision and evaluation within the team. While there were some differences between the responses given by the different groups, there were several common themes, including: there are such benefits as increased adult contact, greater individualization of instruction, and exposure to a broader range of methodology; potential disadvantages include the opportunity for students to play one adult against the other; supervision of paraeducators is minimal and largely consists of allocation of students and tasks, and communication about students and tasks is informal and severely limited when teachers and paraeducators do not share the same working space; and evaluation of paraeducators is informal and focuses on student performance and needs rather than paraeducator skills and effectiveness. Most respondents preferred working in teams to working alone. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (53rd, Dallas, TX, March 1-4, 2001).