ERIC Number: ED474063
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-May-1
Reading Together: A Study of the Impact of Volunteer Tutoring Programs on the Reading Achievements of Second and Third Graders.
A study was conducted to ascertain the relationship between volunteer reading tutors and the reading scores of the tutored students in the primary grades. Two groups of children were studied (N=33), and their progress in reading was observed over a period of six months. One group of children from an urban public school worked with a volunteer group, while the other group from an urban private school had no volunteer tutors. The public school children were tutored by members of the RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) of Senior Citizens, Inc, participating in the FLIP (Friends Learning in Pairs) program. FLIP tutors worked one-on-one with children in Grades K-3 who would benefit from additional help with their reading and comprehension skills. A FLIP tutor worked with the children for at least one 30-minute session per week, during school hours. Children under study in both schools, limited to second and third graders, were selected by the classroom teachers on the basis of need. Study was also limited to the Accelerated Reader Program, and assessment scores generated by the that program were used. Data were collected with the help of the school librarians and confined to the period from September 1, 2001 to February 28, 2002. Data obtained were interval in nature. An average of the total scores, total number of books read, and the frequency of reading was obtained for the period mentioned above, and these averages were analyzed using a 2-way ANOVA. Gains in reading scores were computed using the STAR scores and analyzed with a 1-way ANOVA. Contains 37 references. (Author/NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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