ERIC Number: ED046599
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Jan-1
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An Inter-Disciplinary Evaluation of a Summer Program for the Rural Disadvantaged Youth in Nelson County, Virginia. Final Report.
Hayes, Edward M.; Kerr, Timothy H.
Purposes of the study were (1) to establish evaluative procedures which could be applied to Project Opportunity programs and other national projects designed to aid rural disadvantaged youth and (2) to evaluate the Project Opportunity 1968 summer program in Nelson County, Virginia, in terms of its stated objectives. Aims of the Nelson County program were to raise the level of student aspiration for higher education; to provide experiences that students would not normally encounter which would broaden their range of cultural interest and aid them in related academic achievements; and to provide experiences in fine arts for 9th graders, natural science for 10th graders, and critical thinking and independent study in the humanities for 11th graders. The evaluation design included observers, testing, the Delphi Method utilizing the interdisciplinary team, interviews, and questionnaires. All evaluation techniques contributed positively to the program evaluation with the exception of the testing. It was determined that special tests geared to the specific group of students and their environment should have been developed. Although the stated objectives of Project Opportunity could not be measured in the terms in which they were stated, it was concluded that administrative problems did not outweigh the inspired teaching and active participation of students in new experiences. (JH)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Nelson County Public Schools, Lovingston, VA.