ERIC Number: ED457156
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
"An Extra Pair of Hands?" Evaluation of the Classroom Assistants Initiative. Interim Report. SCRE Research Report Series.
Schlapp, Ursula; Wilson, Valerie; Davidson, Julia
This report presents an evaluation of the Scottish classroom assistants initiative. The evaluation explored: the relationship between student achievement and use of classroom assistants; whether the initiative enabled better utilization of teaches' time; and the effects of the initiative on classroom interaction and students' learning experiences. Data collection involved education authorities' reports of their pilot programs and surveys and observations of a national sample of education authorities and schools. Key findings include: by August 2000, there were approximately 2,500 classroom assistants in Scottish schools; most assistants were women ages 35-44 years; assistants possessed a variety of educational qualifications; most assistants had previous experience in schools; most were very satisfied with their jobs; most teachers and principals were very satisfied with their assistants; teachers perceived that assistants had reduced the pressure on them by relieving them of routine tasks; the presence of assistants allowed students a wider range of learning experiences; concerns about the initiative focused on funding, training, role clarification, and allocation of assistants' time; and teachers without assistants were concerned that students were being deprived of possible benefits. Four appendixes present details of schools sampled, survey methodology, questionnaires, and case study methodology. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Student Relationship, Time Management
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Scottish Executive Education Dept., Edinburgh.
Authoring Institution: Scottish Council for Research in Education, Edinburgh.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)