ERIC Number: ED447108
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr-28
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Predicting the Aspiration To Teach for Paraprofessionals.
This study investigated factors encouraging or deterring paraprofessionals from pursuing teaching credentials, examining professional characteristics (years of experience, dual language skills, and attitudes toward the profession); personal characteristics (sex, age, marital status, offspring, and race); and access factors (perceived obstacles, provision of financial aid, and the CBEST). The study involved a secondary analysis of data from a 1992 survey for the Latino Teacher Project of the University of Southern California. Over 5,000 paraprofessionals in the Los Angeles Unified School District participated. Few paraprofessionals aspired to become teachers. Males age 26 years and younger were most likely to aspire to teaching. At the elementary level, paraprofessionals were less likely to aspire if they had young children, no or low competence in non-English languages, and over 5 years experience in the district. The main reason for wanting to be a paraprofessional was wanting to teach. The CBEST was an important predictor of aspiration. The need for better literacy skills was not a perceived obstacle. Though grants and loans predicted aspiration, elementary respondents considered money an obstacle. Whites and African Americans were less likely to aspire than Mexican Americans, Central or South Americans, and Asian Americans. (Contains 32 bibliographic references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: California Univ., Santa Barbara. Linguistic Minority Research Inst.
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