ERIC Number: ED099818
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
A Philosophical Approach for Volunteers.
Williams, Polly Franklin
From 1971 through 1973, a federally-supported project, Project Upswing, tried to help children with minimal learning difficulties to function better and more independently in school. Upswing was conducted by a volunteer staff from the local university schools of education and the public school system. Half of the children were tutored and half were treated as a comparison group. Tutors planned their own activities, without a prescribed program, and the subsequent evaluation found that Upswing was effective and did help children to an important degree. This book discusses a training program for volunteers of the Upswing project based on an affirmative and humanistic approach. Twelve chapters discuss such topics as the perceived needs of volunteers, the importance of trust, the format for the evaluation of feedback, how volunteers should be recruited, who should be volunteers, the preferred materials for training, and the major goals of the program. Distinctions between the pilot project Upswing and the present project Upswing are also made in hopes that this book will be used as a catalyst for initiating similar volunteer programs. (TS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Educational Personnel Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mississippi Univ., University. School of Education.