ERIC Number: ED469294
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
The Role of Paraprofessionals in Special Education [and] Paperwork in Special Education [and] General Education Teachers' Role in Special Education [and] Preschool Special Education Teachers. SPeNSE Fact Sheets.
Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD.
The first of this collection of five fact sheets discusses the role of paraprofessionals in educating students with disabilities. The caseload characteristics of paraprofessionals, specific activities of special education paraprofessionals, the kind of training paraprofessionals receive, and supervision and support of paraprofessionals are addressed. The second fact sheet focuses on special education paperwork. It reports that the typical special educator spends 5 hours per week completing forms and doing administrative paperwork, and that more time is spent on paperwork than grading papers, communicating with parents, sharing expertise, supervising paraprofessionals, and attending individualized education program meetings. The third fact sheet discusses the role of general education teachers in special education. Information is provided that indicates that 87% of general educators feel successful in teaching most students with disabilities. The preparation of general educators, the effectiveness of professional development programs, and the support general educators receive are described. The final fact sheet centers on preschool special education teachers. It cites research indicating 97% of preschool teachers feel successful in providing services for most children with individualized education programs. This fact sheet discusses how preschool special education teachers are promoting inclusion, and how prepared special education teaches are to supervise paraprofessionals. (CR)
Descriptors: Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, General Education, Inclusive Schools, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Preschool Education, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Regular Education Teachers, Staff Role, Supervisory Training, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Education, Teacher Role
For full text: http://www.spense.org.
Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD.
Note: SPeNSE stands for Study of Personnel Needs in Special Education.