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ERIC Number: ED497488
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Apr-8
Pages: 28
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 26
Student Engagement and the Use of Volunteer Teachers in Alternative Urban Middle Schools
Fenzel, L. Mickey; Flippen, Gerivonni M.
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 8, 2006)
The use of recent college graduates as volunteer teachers has increased in recent years with the growth of the Teach for America program and alternative middle schools for at-risk children from low income homes. Very few studies to date have investigated the effects of the use of such teachers on student learning and engagement in school. The present study examines the effectiveness of using volunteer teachers in 11 alternative urban middle schools that utilize the Nativity model. Results show that experienced teachers hold more positive perceptions of their teaching competence than do volunteers and their students rate the climate of their classrooms as more conducive to learning. Results also provide support for the value of using volunteer teachers, provided that they are well trained and supervised and that they are given more teaching responsibilities only as they become more competent in the classroom. (Contains 4 tables.)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A