Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. in School Business Administration


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education


Johnson, Theodore


Pitman School District (Pitman, N.J.); Interns (Education); School administrators--Training of


Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration


The purpose of this project was to study the observation instrument and job description of an instructional aide, evaluating each for its relevancy and updating where necessary. Instructional aides and administrators were inserviced to ensure everyone's understanding of job expectations and indicators for evaluation. Classroom instruction would be enhanced by achieving uniformity in evaluation and knowing the value of the job.

All twelve instructional aides completed a survey and were interviewed, answering questions about the responsibilities of his/her job. Through this process, the intern determined the need for a revised job description and evaluation instrument. Samples of job descriptions and observation forms were obtained from six neighboring school districts. After careful review of these forms as well as survey and interview data, the intern devised a new instructional aide job description and observation tool.

The intern developed leadership qualities while working with administrators and instructional aides on this project. It was important to hear their comments, understand the problem, and negotiate to reach a compromise that both parties could be happy with. These are important leadership qualities for administrators.