ERIC Number: ED123499
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Description and Evaluation of 1972 Summer Training Program for Paraprofessionals in Occupational Resource Centers.
Leland, Arthur L.; And Others
A three-week intensive training program is described for preparing paraprofessionals to organize, develop, and establish Occupational Resource Centers (ORC) in elementary and secondary schools and related community agencies. The training program is based on a specific task analysis of the position of developing and operating an ORC. A behavior checklist is given to each paraprofessional. Three levels of proficiency as a paraprofessional are possible. Most paraprofessionals attain Level I skills during the three-week training program. Training includes clerical, graphics, audiovisual, human relations, and occupational resource center skills. A training schedule by topic and hour is included in the report. Prerequisites for entry into the program include ability to read and write, desire to work with people, and commitment from professional educator to employ the paraprofessional after training is completed. The format of the training program is varied and changes frequently to avoid too much lecture, too much discussion, or too much skill practice. Evaluation and followup data indicate the value of a skill oriented training program as well as the necessity to involve the professional supervisor or counselor in the training program. A team concept of paraprofessional and professional working together is considered essential. Evaluation data is included in the report. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Elementary and Secondary Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Boston.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title III