ERIC Number: ED029832
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jan
Reference Count: 0
The Instructional Aide: New Developments.
Riessman, Frank; Gartner, Alan
The use of paraprofessionals in new career positions in public schools has spread rapidly. Measurements of reading readiness and achievement indicate that teacher aides trained in tutoring improve pupil performance. The utilization of students for cross-age teaching, parents to read to children, and community members as "street academics" is suggested for further improvement of pupil performance as well as the integration of school with community. The employment of community people in the schools increases the school's responsiveness to community mores, meets present staff shortages, decreases pupil-teacher ratios, increases opportunities for more individualized instruction, and contributes to the development of differential staffing patterns. The employment of paraprofessionals should be accompanied by adoption of a career advancement system by which paraprofessionals can advance to teacher positions and by which teachers' motivation can be encouraged and recognized. Dangers inherent in the new careers trend are the assimilation of paraprofessionals in the educational structure without restructuring education, the transfer of nonprofessional teaching tasks without increasing professional effectiveness, and the selection of paraprofessionals who do not represent the community. (DL)
Descriptors: Career Opportunities, Community Involvement, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Public Schools, Student Improvement, Teacher Aides
New Careers Development Center, New York University, 238 East Building, New York, N.Y. 10003 ($0.25).
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York Univ., NY. New Careers Development Center.