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Paraprofessionals who work with elementary grade students with significant disabilities in inclusive settings


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Abstract (summary)

The use of paraprofessional services is an established and crucial aspect in the pursuit of a free and appropriate public education for students with disabilities (Etscheidt, 2005). Paraprofessionals are often the primary providers of instruction for students with severe disabilities yet are the least trained instructional personnel in schools (Giangreco, Broer, & Edelman, 2001; Giangreco, Smith, & Pinckney, 2006). Identified competencies and necessary training content for paraprofessionals who serve students with severe disabilities are nearly absent in the professional literature.

This study extended the current literature regarding paraprofessionals who serve students with disabilities in public schools by focusing specifically on those paraprofessionals who serve students with severe disabilities in inclusive general education elementary school settings and support the need for these paraprofessionals to be adequately trained for their specialized instructional duties. This multiple-case study offers a cross-case analysis of three Oregon school districts related to paraprofessionals who serve elementary students with severe disabilities in included settings. Through one-to-one interviews, focus groups and document review, the daily responsibilities, orientation, ongoing training practices and the training needs of these paraprofessionals are explored.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Educational leadership;
Special education;
Teacher education;
Elementary school students;
Disabled students
Classification
0449: Educational leadership
0529: Special education
0530: Teacher education
Identifier / keyword
Education; Disabilities; Elementary grade; Inclusion; Paraprofessionals
Title
Paraprofessionals who work with elementary grade students with significant disabilities in inclusive settings
Author
Moreno, Regina
Number of pages
216
Publication year
2010
Degree date
2010
School code
0180
Source
DAI-A 71/11, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124291840
Advisor
Falco, Ruth
University/institution
Portland State University
University location
United States -- Oregon
Degree
Ed.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3429609
ProQuest document ID
759959877
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/759959877/abstract
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