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ERIC Number: ED040160
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 9
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Analysis of Demonstration Programs for Training Paraprofessionals in Education.
Bowman, Garda W.
A survey of 15 paraprofessional training programs which had OEO funding, Bank Street College of Education sponsorship and consultant service, and commitment to an experimental approach to team training of paraprofessionals and professionals was conducted to determine common trends in objectives, personnel, and methods. The fundamental objective of the programs was found to be the development of a team operation in the classroom and the improvement of interpersonal relations between paraprofessionals and professionals. The people selected to be trained were community members, often parents of children in school. Teachers participating in the programs were selected from a group of volunteers. At the beginning of most programs there were more paraprofessional volunteers than teacher volunteers, but after a period of successful operation, these balances were reversed. Training activities usually consisted of team training for paraprofessionals and teachers, separate skill training for paraprofessionals, and separate leadership training for teachers. Some programs also offered course work for academic credit at cooperating colleges. Such career ladder training for school personnel is expected to undergo a great expansion as a result of funding now available through the EPDA. (RT)
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Note: Paper presented at annual meeting, AERA, Minneapolis, 1970