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Teachers’ Views, Attitudes, and Needs for the Use of Volunteers in the Classroom

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22-4-2017 1:10 PM

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Author Abstract: For many elementary and high school teachers, doing more, with less, has become a way of life in their classrooms. The use of volunteers could help reduce teacher workload and free up valuable time for classroom and curriculum improvement. However, understanding teachers’ needs and feelings toward volunteers in the classroom is a critical first step in helping teachers. This quantitative research study used two survey instruments to examine, the views, attitudes, and needs of elementary and secondary school teachers at five schools in a Midwestern Roman Catholic deanery in order to understand the viability of using volunteers in the classroom. The findings in this study indicated that teachers in both the elementary schools and secondary school exhibited positive attitudes and views toward volunteer use. Teacher time for volunteers and the importance they placed on volunteers in their classroom was also examined, along with where volunteers are needed most in the K-12 school program. Administrators can use the results from this study to improve the classroom environment, curriculum, create greater job satisfaction for the teacher, the volunteer, and ultimately create a better school, family, and community partnership. Cohort X

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Apr 22nd, 1:10 PM

Teachers’ Views, Attitudes, and Needs for the Use of Volunteers in the Classroom