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ERIC Number: ED353062
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-May
Pages: 150
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Personal Growth among Parent Volunteers in an Alternative Class.
Hanson, Andrew Bruce
This thesis examined the experiences of three mothers who were volunteers in an alternative special education class of kindergarten through fourth graders at a Canadian public school. This class was organized at the behest of parents who wanted more involvement in their children's education. The study sought to answer, through a series of interviews, the following questions about the three mothers who became very active in the class: (1) How did these women view the school setting? (2) How did the women deal with their children's education? (3) What motivated these women to volunteer? (4) How did the women interact in the classroom with their own children, other children, and the teacher? and (5) What personal growth had each of the women observed in themselves and how had it affected their lives? It was found that the mothers had certain characteristics in common, including strong reasons for stepping outside of the mainstream and volunteering, and a tendency to leave or reduce their involvement in the program after several years. It was also discovered that participation in the alternative class enlarged these women's view of education and allowed them to satisfy a need to make contact with other people concerned with their children's education. An excerpt from an interview is appended. (Contains 18 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada