The work of teacher aides in Australia: An analysis of job advertisements

Jennifer Stephenson*, Mark Carter

*Corresponding author for this work

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Although teacher aides are often employed in schools to provide support for students with disabilities and special education needs, there is limited Australian research on their work and employer expectations. This article provides an analysis of advertisements for teacher aide positions, and compares the content of advertisements with role statements and teacher aide reports of their work. Employment for teacher aides is likely to be casual and short-term and qualifications are rarely required. A very wide range of criteria was identified and the most frequently mentioned criterion was generic, such as the ability to work in a team. Criteria relating to the actual work aides report they perform or to education department role statements were less frequent. Concern is expressed about the effects of generally poorly defined roles, the lack of required qualifications and the precarious nature of many positions on the education of students with special education needs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-153
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Special Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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