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ERIC Number: ED063086
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-May-11
Pages: 10
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Why Paraprofessionals in Reading?
Mauser, August J.
Although reading paraprofessionals are not to be considered as teacher substitutes, (they are frequently used in routine and mechanical matters, freeing the regular teacher for more individualized instruction and lesson planning), they can make significant contributions in classroom instruction, student motivation, and public relations. Research has shown that by giving proper training to paraprofessionals (e.g., use of the Peabody Language Development Kit), more positive results in students' reading progress--increased attention span, gains in readiness, and increased word recognition--are achieved. Proper training also makes possible the use of educable mentally retarded adolescents, juvenile delinquents, senior citizens, and Viet Nam veterans as paraprofessionals. Studies further show that when the behavior of paraprofessionals is programmed, they are successful not only in developmental reading programs, but also as remedial reading assistants. Furthermore, use of paraprofessionals fosters positive community attitudes and increased community involvement. (Appended are references and a sample of reading students' attitudes toward paraprofessionals.) (HS)
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Note: Paper presented to International Reading Association at the annual convention (17th, Detroit, Mich., May 10-13, 1972)