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ERIC Number: ED139126
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: N/A
Paraprofessionals in Education. A Direction with Alternatives.
O'Brien, Helene J.
The objectives of this report are varied. The first, however, is to relate the birth of the statewide paraprofessional organization in New Hampshire. Included in the description of the New Hampshire program are the rationale that developed over a two-year period and the errors made by the group. The errors are a valuable and educational aspect and may save some other group time, energy, and frustration. The bulk of the report contains personal suggestions, thoughts, and directions for improved working relationships and more efficient, effective use of paraprofessionals. Most of the discussion and suggestions center on the effectiveness of paraprofessionals as it relates to the type of training made available, the working/human relationships established with administrative and teaching personnel, and the self-esteem gained by official recognition as a new "profession." Other topics discussed and recommended for further study are program evaluation, candidate selection, organization expansion, paraprofessional role expansion, and candidate competencies and training. (Author/IRT)
Descriptors: Administrators, Certification, Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Inservice Education, Interpersonal Relationship, Measurement Instruments, Needs Assessment, Organizations (Groups), Paraprofessional School Personnel, Program Descriptions, Questionnaires, Skills, Special Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Hampshire