ERIC Number: ED261143
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Inservice Seminars for Tutors and Students to Increase Motivation and Retention in a Volunteer Adult Literacy Program.
The purpose of this project was to strengthen a volunteer literacy council's ability to offer an innovative curriculum and program monitoring system that meets the total literacy needs of O-4 level students, thus increasing student and tutor motivation and retention. The project designed volunteer staff training seminars to meet these objectives. Curriculum innovations were designed and implemented. A program monitoring system for testing and evaluation was put into operation. Tutors and students were offered three inservice seminars over a 12-month period. Each seminar was repeated in four different areas of Philadelphia for a total of 12 sessions. The first eight sessions were for tutors. The last four sessions consisted of separate meetings held simultaneously for tutors and students. Responses were positive when a follow-up survey on the last seminar was conducted. The retention rate for the 1983 program was 62 percent, 2 percent higher than the 1982 rate. More important, however, is the fact that the number of students more than doubled (from 399 in 1982 to 850 in 1983), with a 29 percent increase in retention in 1983 as compared with 1982. The project directors concluded that the inservice seminars increased the agency's capacity to expand and maintain a high retention rate because the seminars provided the support and motivation essential for serving more tutors and students. The appendix presents "How to Conduct 'Goal Setting and Study Skills' Inservice for Basic Literacy Students," by Rose Brandt. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Div. of Adult Education and Training Programs.
Authoring Institution: Center for Literacy, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.