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ERIC Number: EJ1078685
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0888-4064
One-to-One Assistant Engagement in Autism Support Classrooms
Azad, Gazi F.; Locke, Jill; Downey, Margaret Mary; Xie, Ming; Mandell, David S.
Teacher Education and Special Education, v38 n4 p337-346 Nov 2015
Classroom assistants and one-to-one assistants are an important part of the staffing structure of many autism support classrooms. Limited studies, however, have examined how one-to-one assistants spend their time in the classroom. The purpose of this article was to examine the percentage of time one-to-one assistants were engaged in instruction or support of students with autism and to determine the factors associated with their engagement. Direct observations were conducted in 46 autism support classrooms. Teachers and classroom assistants were engaged in instruction or support 98% and 91% of the time, respectively. One-to-one assistants were engaged in instruction or support 57% of the time. Classroom assistants' and one-to-one assistants' engagement was significantly correlated. The low rate of one-to-one assistants' engagement suggests an inefficient use of an important resource.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Institute of Mental Health (DHHS/NIH); Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Maslach Burnout Inventory
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: F32-MH101994; K01MH100199; R01 MH083717; R324A080195