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ERIC Number: ED346288
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-May
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
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A Volunteer Literacy Program: Problems in Volunteer Tutor Recruitment, Training and Retention.
Witherell, Nancy
The Taunton, Massachusetts, Literacy Corps (TLC) is a small adult literacy education program run by a part-time director using volunteer tutors. The program has always been hampered by a shortage of funds. There are often long waiting lists for persons needing tutors because funds are inadequate to recruit, train, and manage the number of volunteer tutors who would be needed to serve those seeking tutoring. Volunteer tutors often burn out within a year, frustrated by the slow progress of their pupils or their absenteeism as well as lack of attention from an overworked director. Training classes for current volunteers are often hampered by low attendance or by tutors attending only parts of a series of classes, necessitating quick revisions of lesson plans and lack of coverage of some of the tutors' problems. Some tutors also cause problems by insisting on teaching phonics in lieu of the language experience approach favored by the program or by failing to show up for sessions (although they often have legitimate excuses). Progress could be made with more funding, leading to hiring of support staff, more tutor recruiting, more training classes, and more attention paid to volunteers--enhancing chances of retaining them. (KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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