ERIC Number: ED046888
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Dec
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Designing New Careers in the Educational Services. Final Report.
Bernstein, Allen L.; Demak, Leonard S.
The study examined the tasks performed by paraprofessionals in order to 1) obtain operational job descriptions; 2) establish career ladder hierarchies; and 3) establish bases for recruitment, assignment, and training. Data were gathered by 1) questionnaires on which paraprofessionals and professionals checked tasks performed and rated them for difficulty, importance, and appropriateness for paraprofessionals; 2) in-depth interviews of 23 paraprofessionals and professionals; 3) systematic observation of 12 superior classroom aides. With the work of the parallel EPDA Paraprofessional Training Project, a Taxonomy of Paraprofessional Tasks was used as the basis of a hierarchy of tasks, and a three or four step career ladder. Many different positions were then related to this career ladder. The Taxonomy categorized tasks as "non-interactive," i.e., clerical, housekeeping, or technical, and "interactive," i.e., clerical, monitorial, or tutorial. Important findings are: 1) The career ladder concept based on the Taxonomy described is viable. 2) Personnel should be selected in terms of ability to effectively perform or potential for learning interactive tasks. 3) Working situations should provide more interaction between paraprofessional and professional. (An appendix contains the instruments used in the study.) (Author/RT)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Wayne County Intermediate School District, Detroit, MI.
Note: Chapters 4 and 5 have been published separately as a booklet entitled "Designing Paraprofessional Careers in the Educational Service"