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ERIC Number: ED092749
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Apr-18
Pages: 73
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A Descriptive Study of a National Volunteer Literacy Program.
Stauffer, John
The purpose of this study was to describe tutor and student participants in a national volunteer adult literacy program, the National Affiliation for Literacy Advance, and obtain a measure of student reading achievement over time. A sample of 1,000 tutors, each representing themselves and one of their students was selected. Information was acquired regarding personal, occupational, educational, and program characteristics of students and tutors. The findings revealed tutors to be a relatively homogeneous group, white, college-educated, female, and between 40 and 60 years old. Students were about evenly divided by sex, an average of 36, urban, mostly married, typically elementary grade level, and 62 percent English speaking. The Adult Basic Learning Examination reading test was used to measure reading change. A positive reading grade level change was demonstrated by 68.5 percent of the students; Mexican-Americans and orientals showed the highest percentage gains, followed by whites and blacks. Previous educational attainment, number of hours taught, and length of class were other factors related to reading change. None of the selected tutor characteristics were associated meaningfully to student reading grade level change. Future recommendations involved the study of program dropouts, student recruitment, tutorial attitudes and mastery, and testing/data collection procedures for literacy councils. (EA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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