ERIC Number: EJ1070778
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 73
Training Paraprofessionals to Support Students with Disabilities: A Literature Review
Walker, Virginia L.; Smith, Carol G.
Exceptionality, v23 n3 p170-191 2015
The purpose of this literature review is to describe intervention research studies in which paraprofessionals received training applicable to student with disabilities. Thirty studies were systematically reviewed to identify (a) characteristics of study participants and settings, (b) characteristics of paraprofessional training and paraprofessional-implemented intervention evaluated within these studies, (c) quality of the studies, and (d) implications for practice and areas for future research. Overall, paraprofessional training and subsequent intervention with students yielded positive outcomes. Training sessions typically were delivered by workshops, lectures, or classes and classroom-based training. However, numerous studies failed to demonstrate characteristics of study quality.
Descriptors: Paraprofessional Personnel, Disabilities, Literature Reviews, Training, Intervention, Outcomes of Education, Interrater Reliability, Training Methods, Measures (Individuals), Individual Characteristics, Teaching Skills, Interpersonal Competence, Communication Skills, Validity, Search Strategies, Coding
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