ERIC Number: EJ890385
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
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One-to-One Paraprofessionals for Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Classrooms: Is Conventional Wisdom Wrong?
Giangreco, Michael F.
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, v48 n1 p1-13 Feb 2010
Assigning one-to-one paraprofessionals has become an increasingly common response to support students with intellectual and other developmental disabilities in general education classrooms. This article challenges the conventional wisdom that such an approach to service provision is necessarily a desirable and supportive action. Five main reasons are presented that challenge overreliance on the use of one-to-one paraprofessionals in inclusive classrooms, establishing it as a critical issue in special education. A series of recommended positions and initial actions are offered to spur debate and encourage development of alternatives to the status quo.
Descriptors: Developmental Disabilities, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Special Needs Students, Mental Retardation, Special Education, Student Needs, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Mainstreaming
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. P.O. Box 7065, Lawrence, KS 66044-7065. Tel: 785-843-1235; Fax: 785-843-1274; e-mail: AJMR@allenpress.com; Web site: http://aamr.allenpress.com
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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