ERIC Number: EJ1231529
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
A Comparison of Autism-Specific Training Outcomes for Teachers and Paraeducators
Bertuccio, Rebecca F.; Runion, Megan C.; Culler, Erica D.; Moeller, Jeremy D.; Hall, Cristin M.
Teacher Education and Special Education, v42 n4 p338-354 Nov 2019
Most students with autism engage in the general education (GE) setting for a majority of the school day. Though there are standards to identify the expectations for educating students with autism in the inclusive classroom, GE teachers and paraeducators report limited knowledge and self-efficacy in supporting students with autism, and both indicate a need for more formal training in autism. In the present study, the authors analyzed GE teachers' and paraeducators' levels of knowledge and self-efficacy prior to and following autism-focused in-service training. Participants attended an informational and a practical training in which knowledge, self-efficacy, and satisfaction were measured. Results for GE teachers and paraeducators followed similar patterns in that knowledge of autism increased significantly, but did not sustain over time. Levels of self-efficacy increased significantly following the practical training. GE teachers demonstrated higher levels of knowledge compared to paraeducators across time, while levels of self-efficacy converged between the two groups. Implications regarding training and professional development are discussed.
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Students with Disabilities, Self Efficacy, Knowledge Level, Inservice Teacher Education, Inclusion, Teacher Attitudes, Rural Schools, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Elementary School Teachers, High School Teachers, Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, General Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
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