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ERIC Number: ED110843
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 30
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Effectiveness of Paraprofessionals in Working with Low Income Families: An Experimental Study.
Yerka, Bettie Lee
The study evaluates the educational effectiveness of indigenous paraprofessionals engaged in Cooperative Extension's nutrition education program for low income families n an inner city community of New York City. Of the 20 paraprofessionals, all but one black or Spanish-speaking women, nearly all gained in knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning strategies, a majority changed their feelings positively toward their job, and a majority rated above average job-persistence factors while on the job. In addition, 10 of the 14 rated on teaching performance with clientele were rated at the mean or above. The experimental and comparison groups of homemakers were demographically similar to the paraprofessionals except for having less education, more and younger children, and being more Spanish-speaking than black. During the program, participants exhibited higher nutritional intakes and levels and more nutritional knowledge than did the nonparticipants. In sum, the study provided evidence that it is possible to select, conduct inservice education for, and place in an inner city community paraprofessional women, of backgrounds similar to their clientele, who can help their clientele improve their nutritional knowledge and practices. Five tables correlating and analyzing by means of stepwise regression the dependent and independent variables are appended. (JR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)