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Teachers’ aides working in secondary school settings: preparedness and professional learning

Gibson, Dianne, Paatsch, Louise, Toe, Dianne, Wells, Muriel and Rawolle, Shaun 2015, Teachers’ aides working in secondary school settings: preparedness and professional learning, Journal of education and learning, vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 71-87.

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Title Teachers’ aides working in secondary school settings: preparedness and professional learning
Author(s) Gibson, Dianne
Paatsch, LouiseORCID iD for Paatsch, Louise
Toe, DianneORCID iD for Toe, Dianne
Wells, Muriel
Rawolle, ShaunORCID iD for Rawolle, Shaun
Journal name Journal of education and learning
Volume number 4
Issue number 3
Start page 71
End page 87
Total pages 17
Publisher Canadian Center of Science and Education (CCSE)
Place of publication Ontario, Canada
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1927-5250
Keyword(s) teachers' aides
secondary schools
professional learning
Summary In Victoria, Australia teachers’ aides (TAs) are employed to provide support to students with disabilities in accessing their education. The role of the TAs varies within and across school settings. Drawing from the findings of a quantitative study, the purpose of this paper is to develop an understanding of teachers’ aides’ perceptions of their preparedness to perform 18 student-related tasks within the state secondary school setting in Victoria, Australia. In all, 163 participants completed the on-line questionnaire. The results of the study showed that that in general TAs perceive there are tasks relevant to their roles in supporting students with disabilities; and there are tasks that are not applicable to that role. The TAs in this study considered that they had training that enabled them to effectively perform the listed student related tasks to support students with disabilities in the secondary school environment.
Language eng
Field of Research 130312 Special Education and Disability
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, Canadian Center of Science and Education (CCSE)
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