ERIC Number: ED142718
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Developing New Models for Paraprofessionals in Human Service Occupations. Final Report.
Lesh, Seymour; And Others
The project's purpose of eliminating major obstacles blocking career advancement of human service paraprofessionals was achieved through a developed model allowing new options for upgrading workers in three occupations: Addiction services, child development, and occupational therapy. The policies and practices of educational institutions, employers, unions, professional associations, credentialling bodies, and others hindering the upgrading of low-level employees were investigated and, where possible, altered. The major thrusts were to make credentials more relevant to job duties, give greater credit for work and life experience, foster mobility among human service occupations, and make it possible for paraprofessionals to obtain education and training while fully employed. In this report, chapter 1 covers the activities involved in the project's development of a model for paraprofessional career advancement, along with methods and processes used in implementing the model. Chapter 2 discusses the following generic items for consideration when implementing an upgrading program: Consortium approach, task analysis for job structuring and curriculum development, preceptors, credentials and career development, program costs, and evaluation. The appendix, covering the major portion of the document, contains detailed descriptions of the project's attempts to implement the model in five occupations--addiction worker, child development worker, occupational therapist, public health nurse, and teacher--two of which were not successful. The description of each model's process is intended to assist those interested in replicating the model. (SH)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Career Development, Credentials, Demonstration Programs, Disadvantaged, Educational Programs, Employment Qualifications, Higher Education, Human Services, Job Training, Models, Occupational Mobility, Occupations, Paraprofessional Personnel, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, Promotion (Occupational)
National Technical Information Service, Springfield, Virginia 22151
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Employment and Training Administration (DOL), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Child Labor Committee, New York, NY.