ERIC Number: ED209547
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Energy Education for Limited Income Families: The Choctaw Project.
Williams, Sue; And Others
The Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension and the Oklahoma Department of Energy conducted a special project to deliver energy education to limited income families in rural Choctaw County. The project, conducted between September 1 and November 30, 1980, was designed to deliver energy conservation practices, increase comfort, decrease energy loss, and control utility costs for the families. Eight paraprofessionals were trained to teach energy efficient housing structure modifications and changes in living habits or behavior that would reduce household energy use to 788 families (1,943 people). Data collected confirmed the limited income status of the families: 86 percent had incomes below $12,000; 44 percent were headed by persons aged 62 and over; and 46 percent had eight years or less of education. A pre- and post-project survey of household knowledge of energy conservation and of structural and behavioral practices showed that the project had the following results: (1) the people involved increased their knowledge and skills; (2) the participants know enough to reapply their knowledge and skills in future years; (3) scarce resources (money and energy) were extended or conserved for both households and society; and (4) using paraprofessionals to teach the families is a successful model; families were motivated to change behavior: treatments affected change in knowledge and structural and behavioral conditions. It was recommended that the results of the project be considered when planning energy education programs to reach limited income clientele. (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adults, Community Education, Conservation Education, Disadvantaged, Economically Disadvantaged, Educationally Disadvantaged, Energy Conservation, Extension Education, Fuel Consumption, Heating, Low Income, Low Income Counties, Low Income Groups, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Rural Areas
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Oklahoma State Dept. of Energy, Columbus.
Authoring Institution: Oklahoma State Univ., Stillwater. Cooperative Extension Service.
Identifiers: Energy Education; Oklahoma (Choctaw County)