ERIC Number: ED032294
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jun
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An Interpretive Study of the Use of Paraprofessional Aides in Education.
Rittenhouse, Carl H.
This document summarizes and interprets the findings of a study of teacher aide programs operating in 19 school districts throughout the country. An in-depth interview approach was used with teachers, administrators, parents, and paraprofessional aides in each district. ("Paraprofessionals" are here defined as those who perform functions previously performed only by teachers--i.e., instructional, administrative, and social service functions, rather than routine hall, playground, or lunchroom monitoring.) The results of these interviews and of background research are summarized under the following headings: (1) roles and functions of aides, (2) career progression for aides, (3) recruitment, selection, placement, and reassignments of aides, (4) training programs, (5) evaluation of job performance and aide programs, and (6) information on funding and administration of aide programs. Following this summarizing section is a more thorough discussion of each of the above topics, including a comparative analysis of the 19 programs studied and descriptions of specific materials and procedures which are intended to be of practical value in the initiation and/or implementation of a teacher aide program. Appendixes include a guide for the interview survey used by the study group and an outline of a preservice training course for social worker and teacher aides from the Minneapolis Public Schools. (JS)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Research Inst., Menlo Park, CA.