ERIC Number: EJ1070265
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
Effects of Increasing Distance of a One-on-One Paraprofessional on Student Engagement
Russel, Caroline S.; Allday, R. Allan; Duhon, Gary J.
Education and Treatment of Children, v38 n2 p193-210 2015
This study sought to maintain task engagement of a 4-year-old student with developmental disabilities included in a pre-K classroom while decreasing reliance of one-on-one support from a paraprofessional. To accomplish these goals, a withdrawal design (A-B-A) with a nested changing-criterion design was used to withdraw paraprofessional proximity. A cue was provided to the paraprofessional as an indicator of when to engage with and withdraw proximity from the student. Momentary time sampling procedures were used to measure task engagement during group circle time and proximity between student and paraprofessional. Results showed that task engagement was maintained at a level comparable to peers without disabilities, while proximity less than 0.9 m from the student was reduced from 95% to 18% of intervals.
Descriptors: Paraprofessional School Personnel, Learner Engagement, Young Children, Developmental Disabilities, Preschool Education, Proximity, Cues, Student Participation, Inclusion, Group Activities, Comparative Analysis, Student Behavior, Observation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
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