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ERIC Number: ED083415
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Jul
Pages: 26
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Cornell OEO Project: An Exploration in Urban Extension Activity. Supplementary Report No. 4: Paraprofessionals; Planned and Unplanned Change in a Low-Income Community.
Konan, Mildred
The report evaluates the impact of paraprofessionals in a program of planned change, the Cornell-OEO Project in South Brooklyn, which employed and trained local women to serve as family assistants to increase the competence and knowledge of low-income homemakers in the area. Findings indicate that programs where paraprofessionals communicate knowledge can have broad impact, both on the contacted individuals and on their community involvement. Personalized interaction seems to be a significant stimulus to change, perhaps because it involves paraprofessionals who are closer to the people, more sensitive to their problems, and better able to establish rapport than professional outsiders. Programs of planned change may have new opportunities for success by recognizing the role of paraprofessionals in the dynamics of social change. (MS)
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Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Ithaca. Coll. of Human Ecology at Cornell Univ.
Note: See CE000402