ERIC Number: ED024356
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968-Jun
A Junior College's Approach to Training Auxiliary Personnel in Education.
Weisz, Vera C.
Garland Junior College (Massachusetts) has developed a course of training for non-professional aides as auxiliary teaching personnel. As part of a trend toward liberalizing staffing patterns throughout the nation, it is expected to ease the shortage of teachers by relieving them of many routine classroom chores. A second purpose is to provide a career ladder for people from disadvantaged groups. Candidates, recruited through schools, social agencies, and community programs, are chosen less for academic success than for such qualities as sensitivity to children's needs, flexibility, interest in achievement, self-esteem, social adaptability, sense of responsibility and leadership, and acceptance of authority. An in-depth interview, with both oral and written questions, is used to discover these attributes. Ideally, the aide is placed in the local school system where the teachers participate in the training program, both as planners and as themselves trainees in the use of aides. Pre-service training takes two to eight weeks and includes workshops, laboratories, seminars, and discussion groups. The in-service training takes one year of supervised on-the-job work, along with workshops and seminars. The aide may work not only in the classroom, but also in the library, in counseling, and in similar areas. (HH)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC. Community Action Program.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts; Massachusetts (Boston)