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ERIC Number: ED086380
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Dec-3
Pages: 155
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The Effect of Paraprofessional Assistance on the Academic Achievement of Migrant Children.
Veaco, Lelia
The study investigated the effect of guided paraprofessional assistance on the academic achievement of lower achieving intermediate grade migrant children. It examined one possible means of overcoming some of the overwhelming handicaps experienced by migrant children by using indigenous paraprofessionals as a humanizing, tutorial factor. Eighty migrant students, in both the 5th and 6th grades, were chosen for this study when they were residing in the San Joaquin Valley (California) during the 1971-72 school year. The 35 paraprofessionals used were mostly Spanish speaking. The amount of assistance received by each migrant child was recorded by resource teachers in the 34 school sites surveyed. The research indicated that: (1) lower achieving intermediate students who received paraprofessional assistance showed greater achievement than children who received no such help; (2) paraprofessional assistance in reading was somehow especially beneficial to 6th grade boys; (3) there were no differences between 5th and 6th grade levels in achievement gains; and (4) although it was expected that the lowest achieving student might benefit the most from paraprofessional assistance, this was not the case. Subjective conclusions about minimal achievement gains were listed, along with suggestions for improving paraprofessional assistance and recommendations for further research. (KM)
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Identifiers - Location: California