Author Credentials

Sister Alice Marie Dunphy, B.V.M.

Date of Award


Document Type

Research Paper

Superseded Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (Reading Specialist)

Colleges & School

Cardinal Stritch College

Degree Granted By

Cardinal Stritch College

First Advisor

Sister Marie Colette Roy, O.S.F.

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Volunteer workers in education; Religious education; Reading programs--Elementary school


It was the purpose of this paper to explore classroom tested instructional reading activities for the volunteer teacher aides to use with students in the primary grades. The writer had the opportunity to experience the benefits of a learning center which employs a minimal number of parent volunteer teacher aides. These aides came daily to assist pupils in the primary grades who are experiencing difficulties in reading. Contact with the learning center motivated the writer to explore the literature involving the volunteer teacher aide programs and the utilization of the aides in instructional activities. It is no longer a question of whether we should use paraprofessionals, but how best to prepare them and use their talents and potentials. Therefore, with this in mind the volunteer aide would use the following: 1. Activities that will help correct individual pupil problems and make reading easier and more effective. 2. Activities that the teacher aide could understand, make and use with pupils. 3. Activities that would meet specific skill needs. 4. Activities that work well with other materials that are -used in the reading program. 5. Activities that are suited for the primary child.


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