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ERIC Number: EJ860737
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1934-2322
Volunteer Instructors in Adult Literacy: Who Are They and What Do They Know about Reading Instruction?
Ziegler, Mary; McCallum, R. Steve; Bell, Sherry Mee
Adult Basic Education and Literacy Journal, v3 n3 p131-139 Fall 2009
We obtained data from 124 volunteer instructors in adult literacy, using an instrument developed to assess what the volunteers knew about providing reading instruction to adults. Results showed that volunteers with bachelor's degrees or higher and those who had teacher's certificates were significantly more knowledgeable about providing reading instruction than those without these credentials. There was no significant relationship between knowledge of reading instruction and type of professional development or self-rating of preparedness for teaching. Volunteer instructors had about the same level of knowledge as part-time and full-time teachers. These results will contribute to a better understanding of the characteristics of volunteer instructors and their knowledge of how to teach reading. (Contains 5 tables.)
Commission on Adult Basic Education and ProLiteracy America. 1320 Jamesville Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13210. Tel: 315-422-9121; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Basic Education; Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A