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ERIC Number: ED015990
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Apr
Pages: 61
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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A JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL ORIENTATION CAMP, A COORDINATED CAMPING EXPERIENCE.
NEALE, DANIEL; AND OTHERS
A 2-WEEK SUMMER CAMPING PROGRAM WAS OFFERED TO 61 DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS ABOUT TO ENTER LINCOLN JUNIOR HIGH IN MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA. THE PROGRAM'S PRIMARY PURPOSE WAS TO EASE THE STUDENT'S TRANSITION INTO JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL. THROUGH CAMPING ACTIVITIES AND SCHOOL ORIENTATION CLASSES CONDUCTED BY THE LINCOLN STAFF, CAMPERS WOULD BECOME ACQUAINTED IN ADVANCE WITH PROSPECTIVE CLASSMATES, SCHOOL PERSONNEL, AND SCHOOL PROCEDURES. THE RESULT WOULD BE A MORE FAVORABLE ATTITUDE TOWARD JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL. TO MEASURE THE FULFILLMENT OF PROGRAM OBJECTIVES, PROJECT PERSONNEL ESTABLISHED A CONTROL GROUP OF NONCAMPERS. AT THE END OF THE CAMP PROGRAM, QUESTIONNAIRES, A SENTENCE COMPLETION TEST, AND A SCHOOL-RELATED INFORMATION TEST WERE ADMINISTERED TO BOTH GROUPS, AND INDIVIDUAL INTERVIEWS WERE HELD WITH CAMPERS, PARENTS, AND STAFF MEMBERS. ALMOST ALL OF THOSE INTERVIEWED WERE EXTREMELY POSITIVE ABOUT THE CAMP. PARENTS REPORTED THAT THEIR CHILDREN HAD MATURED SOCIALLY AND WERE BETTER INFORMED ABOUT THEIR NEW SCHOOL. THE INFORMATION TEST SCORES ALSO INDICATED THAT THE CAMPERS WERE MORE KNOWLEDGABLE ABOUT SCHOOL PROCEDURES AND PERSONNEL THAN WERE THE NONCAMPERS. HOWEVER, THE MEASURES OF ATTITUDE REVEALED LITTLE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CAMPERS AND CONTROLS EXCEPT THAT ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL CAMPERS WERE NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO THE JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL EXPERIENCE AS MUCH AS THE CONTROLS. (LB)
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Authoring Institution: Community Health and Welfare Council of Hennepin County Inc., Minneapolis, Minn.
Identifiers: MINNESOTA; Minnesota (Minneapolis)