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ERIC Number: ED454223
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Paraeducators: Their Roles in the Instructional Process.
Ashbaker, Betty Y.; Young, James R.; Morgan, Jill
This study investigated the education and training of paraeducators to learn how they viewed their role in the instructional process and to explore who held the responsibility for assigning tasks to paraeducators and allocating their time. Researchers surveyed paraeducators who were attending their state or regional paraeducator conferences in the United States, Canada, and England. Most of the respondents were women over age 35 who held a high school diploma. Most were employed in preschool and early elementary grades, and most had served as paraeducators for an average of 7 years. Participants completed surveys that asked for information on: employment, paraeducator duties and areas of instruction, specific elements of the instructional assignment, and training received. Data analysis indicated that paraeducators in all three countries served in the instructional process in all areas of the curriculum and at all age levels, particularly in providing guided practice for students. The data also suggest that paraeducators frequently participated in instructional decision making regarding both how their time was allocated and which aspects of the instructional process they addressed. (Contains 14 references and 5 tables.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada; United Kingdom (England)