ERIC Number: ED111565
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Aug-21
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The Use of Paraprofessionals as an Approach to Community Development.
Warner, Paul D.; Korsching, Peter F.
By virtue of the Title V Rural Development Program, 10 paraprofessional workers were assigned, via Extension Services, to 10 counties in Appalachian Kentucky to engage in both action and research phases of community development. Extension specialists were provided to train and support the paraprofessionals in surveying local leadership, identifying problems, establishing objectives, organizing group action, and serving as linkage to outside resources. Evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses in the use of these paraprofessionals revealed that: (1) the dual role of extension worker and researcher may give the paraprofessional insights into the community, otherwise not apparent, but may also present problems via conflicting objectives; (2) supervision can be a problem relative to the level of the organizational structure from which it is administered and the amount administered, but it can also be an asset, providing the paraprofessional with a close tie to the action oriented agency; (3) while maintaining an indigenous status, the paraprofessional may not have certain insights afforded the professional, and his familiarity with the people may erode the necessary aura of confidentiality; and (4) use of the paraprofessional allows a higher degree of economic efficiency, but a high rate of turnover among paraprofessionals presents additional problems. (JC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Kentucky