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ERIC Number: ED041672
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Feb
Pages: 74
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A Study of Boy/Girl Ratio in 4-H in Seven Western States.
Davis, Robert F.
The trends toward an increase in the percentage of nonfarm members and the concurrent increase in the percentage of girls in 4-H programs prompted the need for this 1970 study involving Oregon, Washington, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, and Arizona. A primary purpose for the study was to confirm or deny these suggested trends. The problem of the decreasing percentage of boys, coupled with urbanization and expansion of 4-H, was considered. Enrollments, recruiting methods, and projects of 4-H members were discussed, followed by results of staff interviews and staff-attitude surveys. It was concluded that the number of boys joining 4-H was not equal to the number of girls because the programs offered to boys did not meet the needs of nonfarm boys. Other contributing factors include program rigidity; inadequate, uninteresting project materials; lack of staff training and experience in new project areas; lack of administrative and staff support of urban programs; difficulty of finding male leaders in urban areas; and the prevailing "farm-boy" image of 4-H. Numerous suggestions for improvements are listed, and pertinent materials and tables are appended. (Author)
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