Title

A Systematic Review of Paraprofessional Training Materials.

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

The Journal of Special Education

Volume

52

Issue

4

Publisher

Sage Publications, Inc.

Publication Date

6-1-2018

First Page

195

Last Page

207

Abstract

Paraprofessional training is essential for high quality special education services. Yet, educators may struggle to select appropriate materials for paraprofessional training. A review was conducted of 26 paraprofessional training materials using a rubric designed to evaluate the alignment with federal legislation and professional standards, and use of research-based adult learning methods. Results indicate many training materials aligned with federal legislation, but varied in their content focus, alignment with paraprofessional standards, and use of adult learning methods. Based on results of the review, three paraprofessional training materials reflected high quality training. Features of paraprofessional training materials, recommendations for practice, suggested improvements to training materials, limitations, and future research directions are discussed.

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