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ERIC Number: ED264354
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
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Effective Assister Behavior: What They Brought and What They Learned.
Goodwin, A. Lin; Lieberman, Ann
This paper presents the findings of a study on the training and characteristics that make for effective assistance personnel involved in implementing school improvement programs. The purpose of the study was to identify the entry skills and characteristics of assistance personnel, how and what they learn during their involvement in school improvement, the specific skills and strategies they use in their work, and what outcomes they help to achieve. The three improvement programs studied were a constituency-based renewal program, an effective schools program, and a teacher growth program. From each program five to six assisters were chosen who had been identified as highly successful. The research consisted of a series of interview guides, which were given to the assisters, the program managers, and teachers, principals, and parents. The paper describes assisters' educational and job experience backgrounds upon entry into the various programs and describes their teaching, curriculum/content knowledge, academic, administrative/organizational, and interpersonal skills. It was found that while the assisters had, in general, impressive entry characteristics, much learning was acquired on the job from their new roles in implementing improvement programs. The assisters felt that they received extensive support from peers, program managers, key school personnel, program trainers, and their own families and friends. The study indicates that while many of the skills necessary for successful assistance work can be generalized, many others are particular to an individual program and school and will be acquired on the job. (CG)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)