ERIC Number: EJ1060267
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
Effects of a Professional Development Package to Prepare Special Education Paraprofessionals to Implement Evidence-Based Practice
Brock, Matthew E.; Carter, Erik W.
Journal of Special Education, v49 n1 p39-51 May 2015
Although paraprofessionals have become an increasingly integral part of special education services, most paraprofessionals lack training in evidence-based instructional strategies. We used a randomized contolled experimental design to examine the efficacy of a professional development training package and its individual components to equip 25 paraprofessionals to implement constant time delay. The effect of the training package on implementation fidelity was statistically significant and large in magnitude (d = 2.67; p < 0.001). Video modeling and coaching components were effective, although the effect of coaching alone (d = 2.23; p < 0.01) was larger than video modeling alone (d = 0.55; p = 0.18). Recommendations for further refining effective professional development opportunities for special education paraprofessionals are offered along with discussion of future research needs.
Descriptors: Paraprofessional School Personnel, Professional Development, Special Education, Best Practices, Research, Evidence, Comparative Analysis, Control Groups, Experimental Groups, Training, Fidelity, Program Implementation, Video Technology, Modeling (Psychology), Coaching (Performance), Disabilities, Workshops, Intervention, Observation, Statistical Analysis, Program Effectiveness
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