Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Canadian Scholars’ Press
Approx. 270 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
September 2019
Print ISBN: 9781773381121
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A ground-breaking new textbook, The Role of an Education Assistant offers guidance and insight to students who are learning about the growing and complex role of education assistants. This includes how to support academic, social, inclusive, and independent learning environments in schools and collaborate with parents and teachers in the planning and evaluation of student progress. Divided into four sections, this text addresses education assistant professional standards, mental health and wellness, culture and diversity, and the challenge of supporting all students in the classroom. Professionals and scholars contribute to research, anecdotes, practical insights from the field, and discussion questions to encourage student reflection and professional preparation. Offering practical guidance for inter-professional collaboration and inclusive education, this seminal text will prepare students in education studies, education assistant programs, and early childhood education for rewarding careers in the industry.


  • begins with an introduction from editors who have decades of combined professional experience in child and youth social work, as educators in inclusive environments, and as university and college instructors
  • provides a Canada-wide perspective from both accomplished scholars and experienced professionals
  • covers the large scope of student learning stages, from early years, through adolescence, to adulthood
  • highlights the changing and broadening expectations of education assistants and offers relevant guidance on how to meet diverse needs in modern classrooms

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Mary Harber

Mary Harber is the Program Leader for the Community Support Education Assistant Program at Camosun College. Her areas of interest include disabilities, parent support, high risk youth, group facilitation, social skill development, curriculum development, FASD prevention, and women and substance use.

Asha Rao

Asha Rao is an Online Instructor in the Special Education Diploma Program at Queen’s University. She focuses her work in the field of inclusive education and works with children, youth, families, and collaborative teams to supports students with disabilities.

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