ERIC Number: ED064455
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation of the Youth-Tutoring-Youth Project, Summer 1971. Research and Development Report, Volume 5, Number 9.
Cairns, George F., Jr.
Numerous reports have noted the difficulties inner city children have in the typical public school environment. The inner-city child, whose basic skills are often less advanced than those of his suburban counterparts, drops further behind as he grows older. Furthermore, few programs are directed toward changing the basic attitudes and academic skills of high school pupils who have a history of underachievement. This report is an evaluation of a project that was conducted in the Summer of 1971 in the Atlanta Public School System, directed toward attitude change of underachieving high school and elementary school pupils. The project also attempted to effect a change in basic language study skills of these pupils by using the Youth-Tutoring-Youth (YTY) model, which is currently being implemented extensively throughout the United States. The basic situation common to the YTY concept involves underachieving high school pupils teaching underachieving elementary school pupils. Preliminary findings collected by the National Commission on Resources for Youth, Incorporated indicates that both the tutor and the tutee gain valuable reading skills as a result of experience in the YTY program, noting that some tutors have gained as much as three years in reading skills over a period of one semester. (Author/SB)
Descriptors: Academic Ability, Academic Achievement, Achievement Tests, Compensatory Education, Disadvantaged Youth, Educationally Disadvantaged, Elementary School Students, Federal Programs, High School Students, Individual Instruction, Low Achievement, Reading Skills, Remedial Programs, Self Concept, Self Help Programs, Summer Programs, Tutorial Programs, Tutoring, Urban Schools
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Atlanta Public Schools, GA.