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ERIC Number: ED553960
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 137
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3031-2473-0
The Nature of a Literacy-Based Tutoring Program for At-Risk Youth: Mentorship, Professional Development, and Implementation
Lopez-Guerra, Maria Asusena
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Southern California
The purpose of this research was to gain and provide an in-depth, holistic description and interpretation of the knowledge and literacy instruction tutors at Readers Advance provide students. Guided by a post-positivist realist framework and grounded theory methodology, qualitative inquiry design strategies were used to guide this research. This study applies grounded theory and a phenomenological method to analyze the nature of a literacy-based tutoring program for at-risk youth by considering its approach to mentor/tutoring, the structure of the professional development provided to tutors, and the implementation of literacy strategies. A random sample was used to select 18 out of 49 literacy tutors in three out of the five schools where Readers Advance provide tutoring services along with the program director and two graduate advisors. Data was collected through a combination of individual meetings, interviews and two tutoring session observation per tutor. Findings from this study indicate Readers Advance provides tutors with information regarding literacy during the initial training, but fail to provide support and build capacity throughout the year. This study begins to analyze the structure of literacy-based mentor/tutoring programs for at-risk youth and the need to establish qualitative measures to gauge the effectiveness of alternative literacy education programs and their preparation and support of tutors as well as student's academic development. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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