ERIC Number: ED201434
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug-7
Reference Count: 0
Educational Strategies for Rural Development: An Outcome Evaluation of Four Experimental Programs.
Howell, Robert E.; Weir, Ivan Lee
An evaluation of four experimental programs designed to stimulate participation of agricultural and rural leaders in public affairs assessed the effectiveness of leadership training on young men and women in California, Michigan, Montana, and Pennsylvania. Varying from two to three years in length, the programs emphasized the analysis of major public issues such as inflation, poverty, and inadequate health care as they are local, national, and international in scope. The four programs, using a multi-disciplinary experienced-based approach, incorporated common objectives to: (1) develop the ability to analyze public problems critically and objectively; (2) develop an understanding of the economic, social, political, and cultural dimensions of public problems; (3) increase ability to solve public problems with improved leadership and group-participation skills; and (4) increase understanding of important local, state, national, and international issues. Data from preprogram and postprogram tests and questionnaires from 415 participants and 76 persons in a nonparticipant Pennsylvania comparison group revealed substantial increased participation in public affairs-related groups and economic associations among program graduates, suggesting that public affairs leadership development programs are a means for attaining community and rural development goals. (Author/JD)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adults, Change Agents, Citizen Participation, Community Development, Community Leaders, Educational Strategies, Experimental Programs, International Programs, Leadership Training, Program Evaluation, Public Affairs Education, Rural Development, Social Action, Social Problems
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: California; Michigan; Montana; Pennsylvania
Note: Paper presented at the World Congress for Rural Sociology (5th, Mexico City, Mexico, August 7-12, 1980).