Adult literacy learning: perceptions and motivations of volunteer tutors

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dc.contributor Houser, Rick
dc.contributor Soylu, Firat
dc.contributor Tomek, Sara
dc.contributor Scofield, Jason M.
dc.contributor.advisor Thoma, Stephen
dc.contributor.author O'Connor, Erin
dc.date.accessioned 2019-02-12T14:31:38Z
dc.date.available 2019-02-12T14:31:38Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0003223
dc.identifier.other OConnor_alatus_0004D_13710
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/5406
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Most adult literacy studies tend to focus on learner outcomes, and the few that do include tutors usually focus on their compassion as volunteers and/or assess the effectiveness of tutor training. Since community adult literacy programs are largely dependent on volunteer tutors to provide instruction, tutors come from various backgrounds and are not required to meet a standard of educational training. It should not be taken for granted that tutors are familiar with all of the theoretical approaches in adult literacy instruction, and it is reasonable to assume that different tutors may approach learning situations differently, based on their own underlying assumptions and experiences. This study was conducted to better understand how tutors think about different aspects of their work and why they volunteer for the cause of adult literacy. Findings suggest that most tutors find at least some value in literacy activities representative of the main themes in the literature of the field, and that different subgroups of tutors share preferences for particular types of activities. Findings also indicate that tutors have a sense of universal ethics when they think about fairness in the context of societal organization, view tutoring as a way to express their humanitarian values, and are motivated by the worth they place on literacy in a socially just society.
dc.format.extent 149 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Educational psychology
dc.title Adult literacy learning: perceptions and motivations of volunteer tutors
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Department of Educational Studies in Psychology, Research Methodology, and Counseling
etdms.degree.discipline Educational Psychology
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ph.D.


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