40 Future Forwards: Exploring Frontiers in Education
teachers with labor-intensive Multi-Age methods, participating in
instruction helps volunteers learn about Multi-Age practices and see how
they benefit children. Volunteers often increase community support by
conveying information and positive attitudes about Multi-Age education
to friends and neighbors.
Parent and community volunteers can participate in instruction in many
ways. They can:
Give special whole-class presentations
Teach ongoing classes in art, science, orlanguages to small
Tutor individual students.
Participate in instruction at home, guided by written directions
for homework assignments or suggestions for ways to reinforce
their child's learning.
Provide behind-the-scenes supportwith activities such as
preparing materials, fundraising, and organizing
volunteer activities. (Gaustad, 1997)
Questions & Implications for ASB
How will parents be educated about the opportunities and
practices in MACs?
What opportunities will there be for meaningful parental
involvement in MACs?
Who will decide on the policies for parental involvement?
Instructional & Curricular Implications
The purpose of this section is to consider the instructional and curricular
implications of MAC. Additionally, there may be specific needs for
teacher training and curricular restructuring that might need to be
addressed and considered should ASB implement MAC.
Synopsis of Research
Implications for Teachers in MAC: