Graduate Project Title

Volunteer Assisted Reading

Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Summer 1992

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Joe Schomer

Second Committee Member

Dale LeFevre

Third Committee Member

Randy Wallace


The problem investigated in this study relates to the need in schools today to find ways of providing educational support assistance for classroom teachers as part of the classroom learning process. With the continued rise in school enrollments, it is difficult for school funding to keep up with growing educational demands. Favorable student-teacher ratio issues emphasize the need to provide additional help for the classroom teacher. Finding additional classroom help has become a major concern; parents' commitments to employment and social obligations have changed their availability to participate at the schoolhouse and have lessened parent-child contact time (Cassidy, 1981). According to VanDevender (1988), changes in employment and social obligations of the family have forced public education to expand educational responsibilities to include such topics as sexual health, social behavior and drivers' education -- educational issues previously attended to by the family. One method of providing support assistance for classroom teachers is the utilization of adult volunteers.