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ERIC Number: EJ1172272
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Jan
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1307-9298
Utilizing Technology for Professional Learning in the Dissemination of Evidence-Based Practices to Paraprofessionals Working in Public Education
Wright, Patricia I.; Prescott, Rosalind
International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, v10 n3 p331-337 Jan 2018
Although paraprofessionals are pivotal for the educational success of learners with autism, limited professional learning opportunities are provided resulting in inadequate application of evidence-based practices in their work. In this participatory action research study, thirty-six paraprofessionals participated in professional learning utilizing workshops and a commercially available professional learning platform, Rethink. The study included didactic training, video-based modeling and applied practice activities in the classroom. Paraprofessionals improved their knowledge and self-efficacy in the application of evidence-based practices. Supporting classroom teacher's social validity also reported improved paraprofessional performance. These findings suggest a possible avenue for supporting paraprofessional professional learning via integrating web-based technology to access video models paired with traditional professional learning methods to improve the application of evidence-based practices in the classroom environment.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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