ERIC Number: ED026680
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Jul-1
Reference Count: 0
Results of Pilot Activities in the Guidance Assistant Project.
Deerfield School District 109, IL.
This is a preliminary progress report of a pilot program training paraprofessionals, or semi- or untrained persons, as guidance assistants in the elementary schools in Deerfield, Illinois. Primary responsibility for training these assistants fell to the school psychologist, social worker, and counselors. Trainees were characterized by having a bachelor's degree and possessing certain traits: (1) persistence, (2) tolerance for ambiguity, (3) willingness to take risks, and (4) sufficient ego strength. Training centered on (1) the school system, (2) guidance services, (3) local agencies, (4) tests and measurements, and (5) child development. The role of the guidance assistants in the school was a question of much concern to school personnel and assistants alike. They were involved in (1) testing, (2) observation and data gathering, (3) serving as resource persons, and (4) working directly with children. Results of the initial program were mixed, and recommendations are made for improvements. (BP)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Deerfield School District 109, IL.