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ERIC Number: ED109443
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Use of School Volunteers.
Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Mott Inst. for Community Improvement.
There are three major reasons for recruiting school volunteers: they extend the number of people available to help teach; they bring skills to their tasks that professional educators do not have; they experience positive effects themselves simply in the process of volunteering. The wisest recruitment policy would recruit volunteers having the skills, talents, and interests needed in a particular school. The formulation of a job description listing duties and time commitments is important. Volunteer placement should be flexible. Volunteer program administrators and staffs should conduct orientation programs which will explain the school setting, general activities, and staff's appreciation of the volunteers' efforts. Preservice instruction on the ways children learn would also be helpful. Probably the most important aspect of the preservice training program, however, is the development among volunteers of a feeling of belonging. Volunteer evaluation should be subjective and based on students', teachers', and the volunteers' own estimation of their work. The range of possible jobs which volunteers can perform extends virtually as far as the imagination is able and the regular staff is willing to go. (Author/JR)
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational Needs, Educational Programs, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Personnel Evaluation, Postsecondary Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Administration, Recruitment, School Aides, School Community Relationship, Teacher Aides, Volunteers
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Mott Inst. for Community Improvement.
Note: For related documents, see CE 004 292-3; Best copy available - not available in hard copy due to marginal reproducibility of original document