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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Sinclair, Anne Campbell
URN etd-02142019-120237
Title The Effect of Targeted Professional Development on Paraprofessional Fidelity to an Evidence-Based Reading Intervention
Degree PhD
Department Special Education
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Christopher J. Lemons, Ph.D. Committee Chair
Erin E. Barton, Ph.D. Committee Member
Heather J. Johnson, Ph.D. Committee Member
Kimberly Paulsen, Ed.D. Committee Member
  • multi-tiered professional development
  • real-time performance feedback
  • paraprofessional
  • targeted professional development
Date of Defense 2019-02-06
Availability unrestricted
Though researchers are developing effective literacy practices for students with intellectual disabilities, educators often struggle to implement evidence-based practices (EBPs) with fidelity. Professional development opportunities for paraprofessionals are often insufficient, even as paraprofessionals are tasked with providing direct academic instruction on a more frequent basis. Training for paraprofessionals is often didactic with little to no follow-up support. The implementation of multi-tiered or targeted professional development models has been investigated to support educators’ implementation of instructional practice at varying levels of need. This multiple-baseline across participants study was designed to evaluate the effect of a multi-tiered targeted professional development model on improving the fidelity with which paraprofessionals deliver a reading intervention for students with intellectual disabilities. The targeted professional development model included levels of didactic training, supervisory performance feedback, and real-time performance feedback delivered via video-conferencing technology. Most participating paraprofessionals responded to supervisory performance feedback, eliminating the need for more intensive real-time performance feedback. Questions related to future research and practice are discussed.

Keywords: paraprofessional, targeted professional development, real-time performance feedback, multi-tiered professional development

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