ERIC Number: ED183647
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: 0
An Analysis of the Dial-A-Teacher Assistance Program (DATALINE), School District of Philadelphia.
Blackwell, William R.
The Dial-A-Teacher Assistance project (DATALINE) is a telephone resource center which provides assistance or information to parents and pupils about problems related to homework, as well as information about Parent Partnership activities and services available to parents and children in the School District of Philadelphia. The theory behind the program is that pupils and/or parents encounter problems doing homework, and that often no agency is available where they may obtain assistance during the evening hours. Eight teachers with expertise in various curriculum areas are assigned to answer phones. The subject with the greatest number of calls is elementary mathematics, followed by English and language arts. Teachers assist pupils from public, private, and parochial schools and from various grade levels. Adults often call to assist their children in understanding and completing homework assignments, or they may be engaged in continuing education programs. The success of DATALINE is an indication that parents are concerned with the education of their children and that many children are interested in learning, even after school. At present, DATALINE is one the most inexpensive methods of tutoring large numbers of pupils. (Author/RLV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Dial a Teacher Assistance Program; Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)
Note: Paper presented at the National Urban League Conference (5th, Detroit, MI, November 17-20, 1979)