The SAGE Handbook of Special Education brings together the most up to date knowledge of this area and will serve as the major source book of authoritative information and ideas about current and future directions for special education. It aims to examine the intricate relations between theory, research, and practice, and places a particular emphasis on international policies such as Education for All, and inclusive education as a strategy for achieving it. This comprehensive, research-based work, assembles scholarship on an international level, and covers topics that transcend national boundaries.

Teacher Assistants in Inclusive Schools

Teacher Assistants in Inclusive Schools

Teacher assistants in inclusive schools

Depending on what country you live in, the personnel hired by schools to assist classroom teachers and special educators in their efforts to educate students with disabilities are known by a variety of names such as teaching assistant, learning support assistant (LSA), teacher aide, paraprofessional, paraeducator, and special needs assistant (SNA). In this chapter we purposely use the title, teacher assistant rather than teaching assistant, because in all the cases we identified around the world these individuals assist teachers, though not always with teaching.

The purpose of this chapter is to summarize selected literature regarding the utilization of teacher assistants to support the education of students with disabilities in inclusive, general education, classes. First, we will provide a ...

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