ERIC Number: ED201044
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of the Lenoir City (Tennessee) Schools Retirement Power in Education Project, 1979-1980.
Banta, Trudy W.; Lawson, Sandra S.
In September 1978, the Lenoir City (Tennessee) school system initiated in two elementary schools a volunteer tutoring program called the Retirement Power in Education Project (RPIE). Fourteen volunteers, including twelve retirees, were trained to use Laubach reading materials in tutoring fourth and seventh graders. In evaluating the project one year after its inception, this report provides a general program and location description, a review of the literature on volunteer tutoring programs, a discussion of program objectives, and interpretation of the data. The findings indicate that the tutoring experience did not effect significant differences between tutored and nontutored students in reading achievement, absenteeism, attitude towards school, or grades. However, the one-to-one relationship with an adult role model was found to have a favorable impact on student self-concept, especially at the fourth-grade level. Recommendations include targeting the program to the lower grades, recruiting more volunteers, and developing closer coordination between teachers, administrators, and tutors. (Author/WD)
Descriptors: Control Groups, Elementary Education, Older Adults, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Reading Achievement, Remedial Reading, Self Concept, Tutorial Programs, Volunteers
Bureau of Educational Research and Service, 2046 Terrace Ave., Knoxville, TN 37916 ($7.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Tennessee Univ., Knoxville. Bureau of Educational Research and Service.