ERIC Number: ED246952
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
A Pilot Program to Recruit, Orient, and Use Classroom Volunteers to Assist ABE/ESL Faculty.
Simpson, William M.; Koehler, C. Russell
The pilot project described and evaluated in this report was conducted at Olympic College to test the assignment of volunteer classroom assistants under the supervision of Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English as a Second Language (ESL) instructors to help individualize classroom instruction. Section I introduces the project, the college and its surrounding area, the problems associated with the high demand for ABE and ESL instruction, the purposes of the project, the number and types of students to be served, and the products to be developed (i.e., handbooks for volunteer tutors, volunteer tutor coordinators, and ABE/ESL faculty). Sections II and III examine the procedures and results of the project, focusing on a needs assessment of instructional staff and their attitudes toward the project; volunteer recruitment and employment; volunteer tutor orientation; and the development of the three handbooks. In section IV, the pilot project is evaluated in terms of its seven stated objectives and instructors' comments on the project, indicating that all goals had been met and that the instructors were unanimous in their support of the program's continuation. Section IV also includes a discussion of the major strengths of the project, citing the importance of faculty input into the project design, the critical role played by the Project Coordinator, and the value of the handbooks. Section V provides a summary and recommendations for institutions considering similar programs. Questionnaires and evaluation instruments are appended. (AYC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Community Colleges, English (Second Language), Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Assistants, Tutorial Programs, Tutors, Two Year Colleges, Volunteer Training, Volunteers
ABE/310 Materials, Learning Center, Highline Community College, Midway, WA 98032 (free while supplies last).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Washington Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Olympia.
Authoring Institution: Olympic Coll., Bremerton, WA.
Note: For related documents, see JC 840 425-427.