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ERIC Number: ED096764
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 149
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Teacher and Paraprofessional Work Productivity. A Public School Cost Effectiveness Study.
Conant, Eaton H.
A consequence of the trend for paraprofessional employment in the schools is that the traditional teaching division of labor in schools in being substantially changed to provide teachers with work assistance and opportunities to specialize more effectively in instructional tasks. The two central questions posed in this study ask if the new teacher-paraprofessional division of school work has fundamentally changed the kinds and amounts of instruction that are performed in the schools, and if the costs of this new work division can be justified in terms of student learning experiences and other benefits. More than 100 teachers and paraprofessionals from the staff of the Portland, Oregon School District assisted in the task. The complete study consists of related substudies of staff work, cost and modeling analyses, and test score analysis. Study findings revealed that teachers produce relatively little instruction even when they are teamed with paraprofessionals. This finding resulted in the recommendation for widespread experimentation with alternative staffing arrangements. Another finding indicated the paraprofessionals can contribute valuable services to educational institutions at effective labor cost to labor service ratios. It was therefore recommended that agencies of the Federal Government encourage development of a work productivity measure for educators. (Author/DN)
Lexington Books, D. C. Heath and Company, 125 Spring Street, Lexington, Massachusetts 02173 ($12.50)
Publication Type: Books
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Identifiers - Location: Oregon