The professional training needs of resource teachers : learning and behaviour : dissertation.
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Education
Resource Teachers: Learning and Behaviour (RTLB) were created by the Special Education 2000 policy to provide support to classroom teachers whose classrooms contained children with moderate behavioural difficulties and children with moderate learning difficulties. Currently, a consortium of three universities is contracted by the Ministry of Education to provide a specifically designed training course to all RTLB. Previous research into the RTLB service has noted that while the majority of RTLB appeared satisfied with their role, some RTLB have expressed concern regarding the degree to which the current training course meets their specific training needs. The present research project examined the professional training needs of RTLB within the Canterbury area through focus group interviews and a questionnaire. Findings indicated that the current training course for RTLB fails to provide a level of training that increases trainees' ability to perform many of the tasks that are central to the RTLB role. Findings also indicated that trainee background was significantly related to specific training needs. These findings have major implications for the way in which Resource Teachers: Learning and Behaviour are currently being trained.