ERIC Number: ED351132
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
The Positive Educational Effects of Well-Trained Volunteers in the Kindergarten Classroom.
Bailey, Linda S.
This practicum report describes a 12-week intervention designed to help parent volunteers in six kindergarten classrooms better perform their volunteer work, which included such tasks as grading papers, decorating bulletin boards, and listening to children read. Objectives of the intervention were that: (1) a total of 90 percent of volunteers would feel better prepared to do volunteer work; (2) a total of 90 percent of teachers would feel that the volunteers were better prepared; and (3) volunteers would use critical thinking skills to devise ways to improve their performance of volunteer duties. The intervention involved a series of in-service training sessions for volunteers; discussions about volunteer issues involving teachers at faculty meetings and parents at meetings of the Parent-Teacher Organization; and individual interviews with teachers and volunteers. Postintervention surveys indicated that there was unanimous support from parents for the program and its benefits, and that teachers felt volunteers were better prepared for their volunteer work as a result of the intervention. Participants in training sessions were able to use critical thinking skills to devise ways of improving their volunteer work. Appendixes include copies of teacher and volunteer surveys, and various materials relating to the volunteer program. (BC)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Volunteers in Education
Note: Educational Leadership Practicum, Nova University.