Volume 10, Issue 4 (1981)
The Paraprofessional and the School Psychologist: Can This Be an Effective Team?
Kathryn Clark Gerken
ABSTRACT: Paraprofessionals have been working in educational settings and human service agencies since the 1930’s. Yet, systematic evaluation of the effectiveness of paraprofessional services did not begin until the 1960’s. A review of the literature regarding paraprofessional services indicates that important and effective services have been provided for the consumer. Careful selection, training, supervision, and evaluation of the paraprofessional is necessary to insure that the professional and paraprofessional become an effective team. Although there is limited information regarding how school psychologists and paraprofessionals can work together effectively, the guidelines set forth for paraprofessionals in other disciplines could be applied to school psychology.
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