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ERIC Number: EJ804723
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1555-6913
School Personnel's Professional Development Needs and Skill Level with Functional Behavior Assessments in Ten Midwestern States in the United States: Analysis and Issues
Pindiprolu, Sekhar S.; Peterson, Stephanie M.; Bergloff, Hollie
Journal of the International Association of Special Education, v8 n1 p31-42 Spr 2007
The amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) require states address the training needs of in-service and pre-service personnel for developing and implementing positive intervention strategies (Gable, Quinn, Rutherford, & Howell, 1998; Shelladay & Stichter, 1999; The Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice, 1998). However, there are few published studies of the professional development needs of people working in public school settings. In this study, we conducted a regional survey of special and general educators, administrators, and support personnel to elicit their own professional development needs as well as their colleagues' needs in a variety of areas related to special education. The results suggest that (a) the school personnel have a strong training need in developing interventions for problem behaviors and functional behavior assessments; (b) there were some differences in the priority areas for professional development among the administrators, support staff, and teachers; and (c) there were differences between special and general education teacher's rankings of their professional development needs and the format for professional development. The implications of these findings for pre-and in-service training for teachers and other educators are discussed. (Contains 4 tables.)
International Association of Special Education. c/o College of Education, Northern Arizona University, P.O. Box 5774, Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5774. Tel: 928-523-8979; Fax: 928-523-1929; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act