ERIC Number: ED265924
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Redesigning and Expanding the Lower School Parent Volunteer Program to Increase Participation and Participant Satisfaction.
This practicum report describes an attempt to correct the inadequacies and improve the volunteer program in the Lower School of the University School of Nova University. The revised program endeavored to satisfy teachers and volunteers by matching the specific needs of the Lower School staff to the interests, skills, talents, and time of the volunteers. Additionally, the scope of the program was expanded to include volunteer activities that could be done at home, so that all interested persons could be involved. To achieve these aims, a needs assessment survey was administered to Lower School teachers; prospective volunteers' interests and skills and preferred type of time commitment were identified; parent volunteers meeting teachers' needs were recruited; orientation sessions for teachers and volunteers were planned and conducted; the program was supervised and maintained; and an evaluation component was developed and administered. Outcomes indicated that the revised and expanded parent volunteer program was a positive experience for both staff and volunteers. Teachers stated that the use of parent volunteers helped them to enrich the children's experiences. Eighty-two percent of parent volunteers were matched with tasks reflecting their stated interests. Many related materials, such as sample forms, evaluations, field trip guidelines, and public relations materials are appended. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A