ERIC Number: ED306414
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-May
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Assessment of Personnel Needs and Identification of Training Program Competencies for Paraprofessionals in Transitional Services.
Morehouse, Judith A.
Survey and interview responses from a nonrandom sample of 116 paraprofessionals and 68 administrators described the need for and the content of a proposed undergraduate program in transitional services at California State University Long Beach (CSULB). All participants were employed to help handicapped youths and adults move from education to employment, by providing transitional services. The number of available transitional services positions so far outstripped the number of trained job applicants that few administrators included previous training among their hiring criteria. Over 90 percent of the paraprofessional respondents were interested in additional training, and nearly 80 percent were interested in undergraduate degrees with specialization in transitional services. Respondents confirmed that competencies identified by a literature review represented, with only two exceptions, a comprehensive and effective personnel preparation program. The competencies were in these areas: assessing program and learner needs; planning instructional components; implementing instructional components; job site instruction; and instructional evaluation. Respondents suggested adding segments on first aid and on terminology from related and interdependent fields of study. Experiential application of conceptual material was considered essential. Such a program should be established at CSULB and should offer certification for paraprofessionals as well as an undergraduate degree. Researchers should track the shifts in responsibilities among transitional services paraprofessionals over time. (Survey instruments and 45 references are appended.) (CML)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Vocational Education, College Programs, Disabilities, Education Work Relationship, Educational Demand, Job Training, Occupational Information, Paraprofessional Personnel, Postsecondary Education, Program Content, Program Design, Transitional Programs, Vocational Rehabilitation
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Reports - Research
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