ERIC Number: ED073080
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Richmond, Virginia Career Opportunities Program: An Assessment.
Bessent, Hattie; Cage, B. N.
This report evaluates a Career Opportunities Program (COP) in the Richmond Public School System, Virginia--one of many COP programs which train adults from model cities' neighborhoods for new careers in education. The report specifies that 150 participants served as auxiliary personnel in 32 Richmond schools and that the educational phase of the program was conducted jointly at Virginia Union and Virginia Commonwealth Universities. The program and curricula of the Career Opportunities Program (COP) are described briefly, with participant requirements for selection given. The involvement of COP with other programs for disadvantaged children is also discussed. Evaluation techniques are described particularly opinionnaires and checklists. The evaluation focused on (a) assessment of self-concept and attitudes of COP and non-COP participants toward various characteristics in the teaching process, (b) assessment of the self-concept of children in classrooms with COP and non-COP aides, and (c) comparison of ratings of university and public school staff concerning performance and personal characteristics of the COP and non-COP participants. Reported results show that (a) a gain in interpersonal adequacy for both groups was achieved; (b) COP participants' ratings on classroom organization and planning sessions with the teacher were significant as were non-COP ratings on student relationship; and (c) attitudes of COP aides, as measured by a semantic differential scale, increased significantly toward the COP.
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Educational Personnel Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Florida Univ., Gainesville. Inst. for Development of Human Resources.