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ERIC Number: ED073387
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Reference Count: 0
Supervising Paraprofessionals: Performance-Related Feedback.
Barnard, James D.; And Others
Although increasing use of paraprofessionals to implement key program concepts has the advantage of increased availability and lower salaries, problems in maintaining acceptable levels of performance have also been reported. This study assessed the role of performance-related feedback on the work behavior of paraprofessional tutors in a remedial reading program. One randomly chosen tutor received publicly posted feedback each day on (1) degree of completeness with which one student's answers to comprehension-check questions were tutored; (2) accuracy with which that student's data sheet had been computed; and (3) time at which the first student's tutorial session had begun. The simple feedback package produced significant improvement in the measured level of the first two work-related behaviors, but not in the third. It was concluded that simple informational feedback and the objective measures of work performance on which it is based may be of considerable practical importance to supervisors in insuring satisfactory work performance by paraprofessionals in applied programs. (Author)
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Sponsor: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.; National Coordination Center for Early Childhood Education, St. Ann, MO.
Authoring Institution: Kansas Univ., Lawrence. Dept. of Human Development.