ERIC Number: ED037641
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968-Jun
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VISTA Service and Volunteer Attitudes.
Cantor, Marjorie H.; Wagner, Karen
A study was made of the attitudes of VISTA volunteers at the beginning of their training, at the end of training, and after they had been in their jobs for four months. The volunteers were found to be individuals committed to the democratic process and liberal in their economic and political thinking. At the end of training, they were still committed to the democratic process and even more liberal, but they had begun to raise questions about the potency of the group and particularly of the individual in social action. They remained highly connected with society, but had some doubts about the operation of its political and economic systems; and their ability to accept persons different from themselves was enhanced. There was no reversal in attitudes after four months on the job, although they were slightly less optimistic about group potency in social action. Comparisons were noted with the attitudes of "deselected" volunteers (those dropped during the training program). (For other reports, see AC 002 352, AC 006 639, and AC 006 641.) (MF)
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Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. School of Social Work.