ERIC Number: ED113490
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Jun-30
Reference Count: N/A
The Seminar Practicum: A Community Based Instructional System for Paraprofessional Education.
Powers, Thomas F.; And Others
The instructional system which emerged from the Pennsylvania State University three-year project was a seminar practicum for Hotel and Food Service paraprofessional workers which provides work experience, a set of self-instructional modules, subject matter, a weekly seminar discussion, and encourages minority/lower income students. A summary of two test programs has indicated that students and faculty consider the practicum an eminently successful means of delivering hospitality education. The report presents a detailed view of the conceptualization of the seminar process, difficulties, and models employed in developing the self-instructional materials; a report from a year's experience in teaching the seminar practicum; objective measurements of student performance; and a summary of student/faculty/employer views of seminar practicum effectiveness. Also presented are a summary of the Dietary Technician program and an outline of remaining work on external degree and upper division program development. Material that was reviewed in the process of conceptualizing the paraprofessional role is presented to clarify Hotel and Food Service/Dietary Technician programs as fundamentally paraprofessional from a functional standpoint. The concluding section presents a brief discussion of some of the policy issues raised by this and other paraprofessional education system design projects. (Author/EA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Food Service and Housing Administration.