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The Rise and Rise of Paraprofessionals in Education: An Unsustainable Approach to Disability Adjustments in Schools

Gardiner, J. (2011) The Rise and Rise of Paraprofessionals in Education: An Unsustainable Approach to Disability Adjustments in Schools. In: Australia & New Zealand Education Law Association, 20th Annual Conference - Sustainable Education, Schools, Families and Communities - Education Law and Policy Perspectives, 2-4 October 2011, Darwin Convention Centre, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia pp. 135-140.

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Abstract

The changes in education policy and pedagogy concerning the provision of education to students with disabilities have led to an increasing reliance on paraprofessionals in schools. This use of Education Assistants, rather than qualified teachers, to provide the required adjustments is examined and found to have little empirical support in the case of most disability categories. This has significant ethical implications for education departments and calls in to question the basis of recent court decisions.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Psychology
Publisher: Australia & New Zealand Education Law Association
Copyright: The Author
Conference Website: http://www.anzela.edu.au/
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/17294
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