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ERIC Number: EJ1148006
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-8756-8705
Paraeducator Training Materials to Facilitate Inclusive Education: Initial Field-Test Data
Giangreco, Michael F.; Backus, Linda; CichoskiKelly, Eileen; Sherman, Priscilla; Mavropoulos, Yannis
Rural Special Education Quarterly, v30 n1 p14-23 Mar 2011
This study presents initial field-test evaluation feedback on training materials designed to help prepare paraeducators to assist in the provision of special education in inclusive schools. Feedback was collected from 213 paraeducators who participated in the course, "Paraeducator Entry-Level Training for Supporting Students with Disabilities," 105 who participated in the course, "Supporting Students with Challenging Behaviors: A Paraeducator Curriculum," and the 23 instructors who taught a combined total of 20 sections of these courses in a variety of formats (e.g., face-to-face, interactive TV, intensive summer institute). Findings indicated that paraeducators gained new knowledge, perspectives, and skills that had direct application in their work. Both paraeducators and course instructors rated the materials favorably and provided feedback to improve them. Implications are offered for infusing paraeducator content into school-based staff development as well as training programs for prospective special and general education teachers. [Reprinted from "Rural Special Education Quarterly" v22 n1 Spr 2003.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Vermont; New York
Grant or Contract Numbers: H325N980022