ERIC Number: ED083184
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Aug
Reference Count: 0
An Exploratory Study of the Role of Paid Aides in a Differentiated Staffing Project. Technical Report No. 37.
Lansing, Delmer Graydon
This study examined the perceptions of and expectations for the role of paid aides in the Cupertino, California Differentiated Staffing Project. The study focused on a) the expectations of the roles played by 69 aides, 64 teachers, and 6 administrators; b) the ability of each group to perceive the role expectations of another group; and c) each group's perception of aides' behavior. The instruments used were a behavior log and a role-norm inventory of 24 items divided into four task areas: Instructional-Management (IM), Instructional-Teaching (IT), Instructional-Support (IS), and Clerical (C). Results showed a) the major responsibility for aides was IS, C, and IT roles; b) teachers were more restrictive in their expectations than were aides; c) aides' behavior was more restrictive than any group's expectations; and d) teachers' and aides' expectations showed greatest congruence for C, IS, and IM roles and least for IT. Teachers saw aides as more restrictive than the aides were, and aides saw teachers as less restrictive than the teachers were. Aides assumed more responsibility for IT tasks in open-space schools and more responsibility for IS and C tasks in traditional schools. (Statistical charts and graphs are included, along with model questionnaires and a four-page bibliography.) (Author/BRB)
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Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Stanford Center for Research and Development in Teaching.