ERIC Number: ED313550
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-May
Volunteerism in Adult Education. Status Report of Adult Education and Literacy Volunteers.
Office of Vocational and Adult Education, Washington, DC. Div. of Adult Education.
Literacy education volunteers during 1988 numbered 77,000, two-thirds of whom served as tutors in basic literacy and English-as-a-second-language classes. The other third served in supportive roles as administrators, recruiters, teacher aides, counselors, and providers of child care and transportation. The number of volunteers rose from 34,500 in 1985. New York, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Kentucky, and Tennessee used more volunteers than other states during 1988. Effective recruitment strategies included posters, fliers, radio and television spots, hotlines, newspapers, and presentations to community and church groups. Major agencies that provided linkage with states included Laubach Literacy Action, Literacy Volunteers of America, Project Literacy U.S. (PLUS), Retired Senior Volunteer Program, ACTION's VISTA Volunteer Literacy Corps, state and local libraries, and state literacy councils. Volunteers usually received 12-18 hours of training. Section 353 of the Adult Education Act requires states to spend at least 10 percent of their funds on special experimental demonstration and teacher training projects. More than 38 states have organized a state literacy council or coalition that is most often involved in activities such as linking with literacy volunteer groups. Special efforts are being made in Florida and other states to increase the efforts of volunteers. Among organizations' concerns about volunteers have been the difficulty of retaining volunteers, the need for in-depth orientation, and the lack of sufficient inservice training. (The document includes a table of trend data and two charts.) (CML)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Vocational and Adult Education, Washington, DC. Div. of Adult Education.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: Table of trend data contains small, blurred type.