ERIC Number: ED182530
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Impact of Participatory-Democratic Work Experience on Adolescent Development: A Methodological Report.
Basseches, Michael; Hamilton, Stephen F.
Objectives of a study of the impact of participatory-democratic work experience on adolescent development are (1) to explore the possibilities for facilitating adolescent development by promoting participatory-democratic work structure in Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) programs and to augment past research on YCC by monitoring the structure of work organization within standard YCC groups and evaluating the effects of participation in them using depth interviews and projective measures as well as an attitude measure. Applicants to the YCC program were assigned to treatment and control groups randomly and an intervention by investigators increased participants' opportunities to participate in decision making in one of the four crews, as confirmed by regular observations. Pre- and post-program administration of the Ego Development Scale, and the Psychosocial Maturity Inventory, and of an interview designed to assess the structure of thinking about work-related issues will allow assessment of whether adolescents in the YCC developed more than those not selected for the program and whether participants in the participatory-democratic work crew developed more than those in the other crews. If the evidence is suggestive investigators hope to conduct a study to confirm or disprove the hypotheses. (Focus in the paper is on use of an experimental design, development as an outcome, use of "structural interviews," and participatory democracy as a key program feature.) (JT)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Cognitive Development, Cognitive Measurement, Control Groups, Decision Making, Democratic Values, Experimental Groups, Individual Development, Interviews, Job Training, Measurement Techniques, Participation, Research Design, Research Methodology, Student Participation, Work Experience
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Youth Conservation Corps
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April, 1980).