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ERIC Number: EJ786998
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 22
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0042-0972
"Para Aqui Today, Para Afuera Tomorrow": Uncertainty in Urban Bilingual Paraprofessionals' Work in the Age of NCLB
Abbate-Vaughn, Jorgelina
Urban Review: Issues and Ideas in Public Education, v39 n5 p567-588 Dec 2007
Urban paraprofessionals are often overlooked but key participants in the optimal functioning of schools. In light of the recent changes and increasing demands regarding paraprofessional qualifications stipulated by the "No Child Left Behind Act" (NCLB), this study focuses on urban bilingual paraprofessionals and their beliefs about work in the context imposed by the law. The participants cite their own experiences with motherhood and insiders' understanding of diverse communities as the most compelling skills they bring to their jobs, challenging NCLB's requirements for instructional paraprofessional qualifications. Implications for policy-making that address the worth of "life experiences" as an asset for diverse settings are offered.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001