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ERIC Number: EJ816668
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1540-7969
Peer Supports as an Alternative to Individually Assigned Paraprofessionals in Inclusive High School Classrooms
Carter, Erik W.; Sisco, Lynn G.; Melekoglu, Macid A.; Kurkowski, Colleen
Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities (RPSD), v32 n4 p213-227 Win 2007
Promoting access to the general curriculum has emerged as a central theme of the standards-based reform movement, challenging educators to identify effective strategies for supporting students with disabilities to access the numerous social and learning opportunities within general education. We examined peer support interventions as an alternative to one-to-one, adult-delivered support in high school science and art classrooms. All four participants with severe disabilities engaged in substantially more peer interactions when working with a peer support relative to when receiving direct support from a paraprofessional or special educator. Students' levels of academic engagement were not diminished because of participation in peer support arrangements. We discuss the contributions of these strategies to promoting peer interaction within inclusive classrooms, as well as offer recommendations for further refinement of this intervention approach. (Contains 2 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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