ERIC Number: ED207745
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct-25
Reference Count: 0
An Alternative Feedback/Evaluation Model for Outdoor Wilderness Programs.
Project D.A.R.E. (Development through Adventure, Responsibility and Education), an adventure-based outdoor program, uses a feedback/evaluation model, combining a learning component with a two-part participant observational model. The first phase focuses on evaluation of the child and progress made while he is in the program (stages one to four); the second is evaluation of the child by the referring agency, after the program concludes (stage five). Initially, the referring agency identifies one or more goals for each participant, to guide staff members in treatment of individuals. After five or six days, the staff team reviews goals set for each individual and establishes his learning stage. Midway through the program, the staff reviews each child's progress through learning stages of the goals. On the last program day, each child has a conference with the staff to assess his progress, which forms the basis for graduation from the program. A post evaluation of each graduate is carried out by the referring agency, using the goals originally specified for each individual; if the child has retained some progress made in the learning stages of specified goals, the program is considered to have had a significant impact. Appendixes contain instruments used in the program. (CM)
Descriptors: Adventure Education, Affective Behavior, Affective Objectives, Behavioral Objectives, Cognitive Development, Cognitive Objectives, Demonstration Programs, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Followup Studies, Humanistic Education, Outcomes of Education, Outdoor Education, Program Effectiveness, Psychomotor Objectives, Psychomotor Skills, Self Concept, Student Behavior, Student Centered Curriculum, Student Development
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Participant Observation; Project DARE; Wilderness Education Programs
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for Experiential Education (8th, Santa Fe, NM, October 25, 1980). For related documents, see RC 012 920-921.