NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
ERIC Number: ED204869
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Volunteers in Education.
Cone, Richard; Johnson, Judith
The results of nine studies evaluating the effectiveness of volunteer programs in the schools were reviewed in an attempt to answer three questions: What is the value of volunteers to schools? Why do people volunteer to work in classrooms? What is the effect of volunteering on the volunteer? The studies involved were originally intended to evaluate programs in California operated by a university and a major corporation in the late 1970s, and were not designed to answer the broader theoretical questions posed during the review. Generally, the review indicated that both volunteers and their supervising teachers felt that the volunteers were effective and desirable. Volunteers from both the university and the corporate setting were found to be similarly motivated by the opportunity to work with children, to develop skills, and to participate in the program. Finally, changes in the attitudes of volunteers as a result of participation were found to be significant and positive, but not dramatic. The review points up the need for research specifically addressing the motivations for and benefits of volunteer activities. (Author/PGD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981). Occasional marginally legible print.