ERIC Number: ED063216
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
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Youth and the Environment: An Evaluation of the 1971 Youth Conservation Corps.
Marans, Robert W.; And Others
This report presents the results of a study of approximately 2400 young people who, for 8 weeks in the summer of 1971, participated in the first part of a three-year Youth Conservation Corps Pilot Program. The main objective of the study is to evaluate the impact of the program on the young people in regard to environmental education, social relations, skill-development, and self concept. Program evaluations are based upon responses from three sources of information; a group-administered questionnaire given to individual corps members at the beginning and at the end of their camp sessions; a camp directors' questionnaire; and selected camp site visits. Research findings show that most responses of corps members to the camp program were very favorable. They stated that the experience not only contributed to the development of quality work and recreational skills, but also increased their ability to live with and accept other people. While corps members entered and left the program highly concerned about environmental programs, environmental knowledge and understanding increased only slightly. Two directions recommended for future research are to continue the analysis of data collected in 1971, and, secondly, collect new data beyond 1971. (Author/SJM)
Descriptors: Conservation Education, Ecology, Environment, Environmental Education, Natural Resources, Outdoor Education, Program Evaluation, Secondary School Students, Self Concept, Social Attitudes, Summer Programs, Work Experience Programs, Youth Employment, Youth Programs
Institute for Social Research, Publications Division, University of Michigan, P. O. Box 1248, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106 ($5.00 single copy; Quantity Discounts)
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Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. Inst. for Social Research.