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ERIC Number: ED050910
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Apr
Pages: 16
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Paraprofessionals--Their Role and Potential in the Classroom.
Harris, Phillip L.
The use of paraprofessionals has been reintroduced on a large scale into the field of professional education since the middle of 1960's. The public concern for getting their tax money's worth in quality of teaching called for federal aid to help schools hire nonprofessional teacher aides. The work of paraprofessionals in schools can be divided into clerical, housekeeping, instructional, motivational, and integrational. Teachers should have training in management techniques so that they can direct the activities of the paraprofessionals teamed with them to obtain effective results. Present paraprofessional programs are faulty in (1) training teachers' competitors rather than supportive help, (2) training only the most able aides, (3) emphasizing community involvement for its own sake, (4) overburdening classroom teachers with program responsibilities, and (5) lacking portability. The following are necessary to insure that paraprofessional programs will accomplish valid educational improvement: (1) awareness that moving into a paraprofessional program is not justifiable purely as an economic measure, (2) openmindedness and willingness to explore, (3) training of specialized educational technicians for specific jobs, (4) legislation to permit expanded use of nonprofessionals in the instructional program, and (5) a career ladder for the able paraprofessionals to become professional teachers. (AW)
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Note: Paper presented at the meeting of the International Reading Association, Atlantic City, N.J., Apr. 19-23, 1971