Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (MAE)



First Advisor

Susan O'Connor


Paraprofessionals are utilized throughout the school environment on many different levels from recess supervision to carrying out lesson plans and behavior modification strategies. There are many questions and concerns voiced by professionals within education as how to use these employees in the most effective manner, as well as looking at where their roles should begin and end. This study used a qualitative method of research to look at the perspectives of paraprofessionals in one rural district in the Midwest as they relate to the successes and needs for improvement within this district. The findings of this study showed that paraprofessionals within the district feel there is a need for greater training, clearer definition of roles and responsibilities, and a need for greater communication.


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