ERIC Number: ED194291
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Toward Community Growth. A Career Education Model for Iowa and Other Predominantly Rural States. Second Year Report II.
Baskerville, Roger A.
The 1979-1980 school year was the second year of operation for the Lohrville Career Education Model (LCEM) and the Toward Community Growth project, which was designed to provide rural Iowa high school students with occupational experience in their local areas in an effort to offset the out-migration of rural high school graduates and the lagging population growth in Iowa. The experimental LCEM consisted of a 7-unit course in 'rural' taught twice in 2-week sessions in the fall and spring semesters and combined with occupational experiences in which senior students were placed with cooperating community resource persons. Each year the course syllabus targeted 30 rural attitudes (e.g., "rural people are a minority", "city people have more culture than rural people") for positive statistical growth. From 1978 to 1980 students demonstrated a positive attitudinal increase for 26 of the 60 attitudes and a negative increase for only 2. Their support of LCEM was strong as was that of the resource persons. In 1980, 40.7% of the 27 seniors who experienced the program in 1978-79 were involved in pursuing or had completed post-secondary education in the same field as their LCEM experience and 16 of them remained local residents. It was recommended that the project be continued. Appendices include a general outline and classroom syllabus and the LCEM Attitude Survey. (SB)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Career Choice, Career Education, Career Exploration, Community Involvement, Community Resources, Employment Opportunities, High School Seniors, Local History, Models, Research Methodology, Rural Areas, Rural Development, Rural Education, School Community Relationship, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Student Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Career Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Arrowhead Area Education Agency, Fort Dodge, IA. Learning Research Center.
Identifiers: Community Holding Power; Iowa (Lohrville); Kuder Occupational Interest Survey
Note: For related document, see ED 173 031.