Improving Paraprofessionals Instructional and Behavioral Support In Urban Elementary School Settings: A Research Practitioner Partnership
Researchers will conduct a survey of paraprofessionals and supervising teachers to look at the responsibilities and training needs of paraprofessionals. To evaluate paraprofessionals’ use of effective instruction practices, researchers will conduct direct observations of 50 paraprofessional/student dyads during math and reading activities. The Multi-Option Observation System for Experimental Studies (MOOSES) and Observer Impression Scale will guide these observations. A variety of relevant descriptive statistical analyses will be used to analyze the results. Researchers will conduct three focus groups and the transcripts will be coded for themes and perspectives expressed by the stakeholders. The final step in the project will be to define a Knowledge, Application, and Impact in Training (KAIT) model describing essential components of paraprofessional training programs based on data collected in the first two phases. Two selected skills from this model will be pilot-tested using a multiple baseline single-case design with paraprofessional/ student dyads to determine training effectiveness.
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