ERIC Number: ED064605
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-May
Reference Count: 0
What Is Needed in the Extension Service to Enhance the Role of the Paraprofessional and the Professional?
Jarvis-Eckert, Marilyn A.
This report points out some of the difficulties encountered by both professional extension personnel and indigenous aides who are hired to work with the disadvantaged. The first problem involves the selection of potentially effective aides, and is followed by difficulties in the aide's family as they adjust to her job situation. The homemaker's aide is expected, after three weeks of training, to become a program salesman, social worker, confidante, referral agent, and change agent. Accepting her as a person and giving her job security are priorities in making her feel a part of the ongoing extension program. She must not be forced into the middle class mold before she is ready for it. The professional home demonstration agent also requires help as she is forced into the role of supervisor of these aides. Aides that can assist with her former job with middle class women are a possibility. A paraprofessional organization would not serve the needs of nutrition aides as well as some of the currently available programs do. (CL)
Descriptors: Career Ladders, Differentiated Staffs, Disadvantaged, Extension Agents, Extension Education, Indigenous Personnel, Job Training, Lower Class, Middle Class, Nonprofessional Personnel, Nutrition Instruction, Personnel Selection, Professional Personnel, Training Objectives, Visiting Homemakers
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Extension Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Note: Revised version of paper prepared for delivery to the Northeast Regional Directors, New York, New York, March 3, 1972