The purpose of the study was to determine the perceived training needs of paraprofessionals. In order to accomplish this, a mixed methods design was utilized. For the quantitative research, nine paraprofessionals working with students in 6th through 8th grade participated in a survey. One part of the survey asked paraprofessionals to respond yes or no to the roles and responsibilities as listed on the school district in relation to their daily job. Results from this question were compared to the future training need paraprofessionals selected. For the qualitative research, all nine participants were asked open ended questions in the survey in order to seek more in depth information regarding how many years working in the profession, previous training opportunities, and what training needs are needed. When analyzing the results, it became clear that there all nine paraprofessionals agreed there were only four roles listed on the district website that paraprofessionals performed in their every day job duties. It was also evident that paraprofessionals were seeking different professional development opportunities to better meet the needs of the students they work closely with on a daily basis.
|Advisor:||Harkema, Becca, Kelly, Amy|
|Commitee:||Baillie, Sara, Meyer, Joy|
|School:||Trinity Christian College|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||MAI 81/4(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Paraprofessionals, Perceptions, Roles and responsibilities, Training needs|
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