Share this entry

Share this page

paraprofessional

Syllabification: par·a·pro·fes·sion·al
Pronunciation: /ˌperəprəˈfeSH(ə)n(ə)l
 
/
chiefly North American

Definition of paraprofessional in English:

noun

A person to whom a particular aspect of a professional task is delegated but who is not licensed to practice as a fully qualified professional.
Example sentences
  • Each team consists of ten professionals or paraprofessionals, including a psychiatrist, linked to a hospital or community mental health center.
  • A third concern about the practices employed regarding paraprofessionals is that the majority of respondents reported that no one planned for the paraprofessional.
  • This study also identified some concerns about the practices employed by teachers and districts regarding paraprofessionals.

adjective

Back to top  
Relating to paraprofessionals: the union advocated paraprofessional help for nonteaching duties
More example sentences
  • Both identified themselves as in 12-step recovery for many years, did not hold degrees in a human service field, and had several years of paraprofessional experience.
  • The rationale was that patients could readily identify with paraprofessional case managers and be receptive to their influence.
  • They acquire skills in the areas of welfare and counseling, as well as the usual range of paraprofessional duties.

Definition of paraprofessional in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day orthoepy
Pronunciation: ôrˈTHōəpē
noun
the correct or accepted pronunciation of words