ERIC Number: ED047239
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: 0
Project to Utilize Volunteers in Eliminating Adult Illiteracy. Quarterly Progress Report, Second Quarter.
Harstead, Pat; Venner, Herb
Part of an experiment in adult basic education (ABE) in students' homes by volunteers of differing social and economic backgrounds, Project Homebound in Butte, Montana, was marked by a rise in student enrollment from 81 to 155 during the second quarter (October-December 1970) of its operation. Six certified teachers and consultants serving as team leaders assisted the teacher aides and volunteers as needed, and designed the instructional material. Twelve teacher aides recruited students, and prepared and taught material devised by the teachers. Volunteers held classes in private homes one or two evenings a week with a teacher as support. The aides and some of the volunteers received two hours of daily continuing inservice training from the teachers and consultants. While instruction in ABE was individualized insofar as possible, the average student received either two and a half or five hours weekly, chiefly in communication and computational skills. Efforts were continuing to bring more students into neighborhood classes. Results thus far have shown the need for (and acceptance of) ABE home classes; successful use of volunteers; active minority group participation as volunteers and teachers as well as students; and the effectiveness of the project's overall teaching team structure. (LY)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Montana; Project Homebound