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ERIC Number: EJ823984
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-0015-511X
Sociocultural Scaffolding as a Means toward Academic Self-Regulation: Paraeducators as Cultural Brokers
Rueda, Robert; Genzuk, Michael
Focus on Exceptional Children, v40 n3 p1 Nov 2007
In seeking ways to address issues in diverse classrooms, the authors have focused their recent work on paraeducators. The nation's nearly 500,000 paraeducators working in K-12 classrooms embody a potential source of prospective instructors for the nation's diverse student population in both special and general education. Paraeducators are school employees whose responsibilities are instructional in nature or who deliver other services to students, working under the supervision of teachers or other professional personnel who have the ultimate responsibility for educational programs. The authors are currently engaged in research examining the instructional activities of Latino paraeducators in classrooms with English language learners. The initial findings of their research reveal that many paraeducators are assigned low-level activities and are given little freedom in terms of instructional activities. While paraeducators do not have the formal training and credentials that teachers do, they do have contributions to make to diverse classrooms. The authors contend that teachers should consider carefully the role of paraeducators in their classrooms and to evaluate whether there are better ways to incorporate and build on this resource.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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