Making a Difference: Getting Inside the Tutor’s Mind Concerning the CASA Program
Dr. Jane Finn and Dr. Vicki-Lynn Holmes
The purpose of this research was to determine how Children’s After School Achievement (CASA) tutors perceived the effectiveness of this program. CASA tutors are undergraduates attending Hope College who are paired with elementary at-risk students to work on reading, math, other homework, and life skills. A 14-question survey was given to the 105 tutors asking about the effectiveness of the program along with their interactions with these elementary students. This portion of the research is using the second year of data results (continuing from a previous undergraduate project). Data analysis using a onesample t-test revealed that CASA tutors believed their students benefited from required reading time, that this program was enjoyable for students and tutors, and students benefited both academically and non-academically. Comparison between the first year and second year will be noted.
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