Document Type

Special Project

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education

Department

Professional Studies

Major

Special Education

First Advisor

Jeong-il Cho, PhD, Chair

Committee Members

Jeong-il Cho, PhD, Chair, Phyllis J. Agness, EdD, Jane M. Leatherman, PhD

Date of Award

5-2011

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to investigate the perceived and expected roles and responsibilities of paraeducators in a moderate to severe disability classroom. This study involved collection of data through a survey that targeted individuals working in the moderate to severe disability classroom in a high school setting in an urban setting. A total number of 15 participants were chosen to participate in the study. The participants were staff members working in the moderate to severe disability classrooms. The participants voluntarily completed a needs assessment survey that was created to determine the perceived and expected roles and responsibilities of paraeducators in a moderate to severe disability classroom. The results of the needs assessment and information from diverse literature were used to create a handbook addressing roles and responsibilities of paraeducators in a moderate to severe disability classroom. This handbook is anticipated to be a special tool that would be helpful to educators in a moderate to severe disability classroom.

Keywords

Paraeducator, individual education plan, moderate disability, severe disability

Disciplines

Special Education and Teaching

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