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ERIC Number: ED562913
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 121
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3034-8843-6
The Investigation of the Preparation Needs for Paraprofessionals Working in the Mild/Moderate Special Education Classroom at the High School Level
Lucey, Liana L.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, California Lutheran University
Paraprofessionals play a key role on the field of special education and are vital to the overall success of a classroom, school and district. However, the lack of clear expectations and qualifications is problematic. The purpose of this grounded theory study was to assess the paraprofessional preparation, support, and training offered at the six high schools representing three districts within one county. The participants of this qualitative study included directors of special education, special education teachers and paraprofessionals who were interviewed on their perceptions of preparation needs of paraprofessionals and the training and supports provided. The results demonstrated little evidence to support the presence of paraprofessional training and support at the district or site level within the mild/moderate high school setting. The literature and findings support the fact that paraprofessionals are overlooked and untrained in our schools. The increase in the number of paraprofessionals working in public schools along with the continued pressures placed upon special education from legislation, parents, and districts has created a serious need for well-trained paraprofessionals. [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: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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