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The Role of Teaching Assistants in Meeting Special Educational Needs at Mainstream Schools

Troeva, Blagovesta (2015) The Role of Teaching Assistants in Meeting Special Educational Needs at Mainstream Schools. списание Педагогика, 87 (4). pp. 512-519. ISSN 0861-3982

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Abstract

Legislative developments endorsing inclusive education have led to an increased role of school support staff. The paper explores the policies and practices related to the deployment of teaching assistants as a means of facilitating the inclusion of pupils with special educational needs in England. A special attention is paid to the debate about the role of teaching assistants and their reportedly adverse effect on pupils’ academic achievements, as well as to some possible pathways to improvement. The analysis finds flaws in the deployment of teaching assistants, the training of school staff, the organization of classroom practice, and in the defining of roles within the teaching body. These controversial findings, however, do not come to mean that the increasingly inclusive system of education can function properly without teaching assistants, but that important decisions have to be made concerning the way the system utilizes this resource.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Education > Education management for adults
Education > Higher education
Sociology.Anthropology > Social interaction. Social processes
ID Code:3801
Deposited By: Ms Blagovesta Troeva
Deposited On:15 Aug 2018 06:17
Last Modified:15 Aug 2018 06:17

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