Planning Teaching Careers Show Unusually Strong Resolve To Help
Others, New Survey Shows
24, 2000 -- Future teachers demonstrate a deep commitment
to helping others, a new University of Virginia poll shows.
the first survey of volunteer service provided by students in U.Va.'s
Curry School of Education,
respondents indicated significant involvement in community activities.
The 218 survey participants indicated that they contributed a total
of 28,594 hours of community service over 10 months, from January
through November, 1999. The average number of hours of volunteer
service reported by each student over the period was more than 100
most popular areas of service included volunteering as coaches for
such area youth teams as soccer, volleyball and baseball; serving
as camp counselors; tutoring children and adults; engaging in church
or synagogue activities; and participating in programs run through
survey shows that the Curry School students contributed a total
of 4,972 hours to athletic, recreational and camp programs; 4,145
hours to church or synagogue activities, which included teaching,
child care, food and clothing drives; and 4,074 hours to tutoring
adults and children. The students also contributed 3,181 hours to
medical or health concerns by volunteering at such sites as hospitals,
nursing homes, rescue squads or crisis centers, and they contributed
3,122 hours in the Big Brother, Big Sister and the Big Sibling program
run through Madison House, the office that coordinates student volunteerism
students provided remarkable service," said Sandra B. Cohen,
director of teacher education in the Curry School, who undertook
the survey as part of a pilot program exploring a new accreditation
method in teacher-education programs. "The numbers make me
we are in the community to have such actively involved students
who provide continuous, caring service. These volunteer hours are
over and above the many hours each week education students spend
in the local schools as part of their teacher-preparation program."
surveyed include traditionally aged students who are in the Curry
Schools five-year program that leads to the simultaneous awarding
of both bachelors and masters degrees. Also surveyed
were older students in the two-year Master of Teaching program,
a full-time program for those who hold bachelors degrees but
who have no education background.
84 percent of the students graduating in 2000 responded to the survey,
which was administered during class. The average number of hours
each student in the 2000 class volunteered in 1999 was just over
100 hours. Approximately 75 percent of the students in the 2001
class participated in the survey; each reported an average of slightly
more than 113 hours of service.
students indicated that they volunteered 1,000 or more hours in
1999. "Im not really sure how I manage to spend 40-plus
hours a week with high school kids and manage my classes,"
said Megan M. Arthur, who contributed about 1,150 hours of service
during the survey period. She serves as a soccer coach at Monticello
High School, mentors high school students and volunteers with Young
Life, a nondenominational Christian outreach program.
been a test of my prioritizing skills and organizational skills,
[but ] I love high school kids. I just have a heart for them. I
want to spend the rest of my life serving them," said Arthur,
a third-year English and education major.
survey results clearly demonstrate that those entering the teaching
profession are caring, committed people," Cohen said.
year about 3,000 U.Va. students contribute approximately 110,000
hours of service through the independent, non-profit organization,
Madison House, its executive director, Cindy Fredrick, noted. "This
survey continues to highlight the high level of commitment U.Va.
students have to service in our community," Fredrick said.
recognition of the new information about the extent of outreach
performed by Curry School students, Cohen has nominated those who
have contributed 100 or more hours of service for the Presidential
Student Service Challenge Award. Bestowed by the White House, the
award recognizes students who demonstrate extraordinary service
in a year.
more information, contact: Sandra Cohen at (804) 924-0769, Cindy
Fredrick at (804) 977-7051, or Megan Arthur at (804) 923-3601.
Ida Lee Wootten, (804) 924-6857