The role of the paraeducator in the general physical education environment

by Bryan, Rebecca R.

Abstract (Summary)
The use of paraeducators has increased as a main mechanism to include more

students with disabilities in multiple settings in the public schools in the U.S.

Research has examined the use of paraeducators in typical classroom settings but

little is known about their role in physical education. Although the utilization of

paraeducators is intended to be a supportive service delivery option, many concerns

and challenges have resulted. The purpose of this study was to explore the particular

realities of paraeducators in general physical education as experienced by the

teachers and the paraeducators. The paraeducator role in physical education,

standards surrounding the role, supervision, and training were all examined. Data

were collected from questionnaires, interviews, and observations. Results indicate

concern about the clarity of the role, the supervision and training of both

paraeducators and teachers in physical education.

Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:McCubbin, Jeffrey A.; van der Mars, Hans; Yun, Joonkoo; Cusimano, Barbara; Richards, Leslie; Champeau, Donna

School:Oregon State University

School Location:USA - Oregon

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:paraeducator physical education role training standards supervision teacher s assistants united states and study teaching


Date of Publication:04/17/2009

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