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ERIC Number: ED520321
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 195
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1241-2127-7
Paraprofessional Preparation and Supervision in Special Education
Leger-Rodriguez, Tiffany Nicole
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of California, Riverside
Paraprofessionals in special education have a high level of responsibility but a low level of training and support to help them do their jobs effectively (Downing, Ryndak, & Clark, 2000; Goessling, 1998). The following qualitative study examined and analyzed the role of paraprofessional supervisors and the meaning of supervision. Participants included paraprofessionals, teachers, school psychologists, principals, and an administrator (n=17) in a California public elementary school district. Some of the teachers and paraprofessionals worked in an inclusive, general education setting, and some worked in a self-contained special education setting. Data were collected through participant-observation, formal and informal interviews, and written artifacts. Analyses showed patterns and idiosyncrasies within the teacher-paraprofessional relationship and the meaning of supervision, and implications address supervisory preparation and practices. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California