ERIC Number: ED083411
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
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Cornell OEO Project: An Exploration in Urban Extension Activity.
Ostrander, Edward; And Others
To explore ways of adapting cooperative extension education to help urban poor families solve their home management and consumer problems, the Cornell-OEO project trained and then employed 38 South Brooklyn women as family assistants to work with over 500 local families. The dynamic program changed frequently during its 2 year term as its range broadened to include provision of information links between existing available services and the families (an expeditor role), shifting emphasis from wide-scope personal service to a more strictly educative function by the family assistants, and preparation of the family assistants to take on community leadership roles after the project ended in June 1971. Basic assumptions regarding the ordering of priorities and the ability of education to solve problems were found to differ widely between professional and community residents. Staff development was hampered by ambiguities of role and organization structure, ethnic mixtures, and the pressures of urban life. A major finding was that families with extensive problems were unable to utilize project help, but those with less severe problems were receptive to lasting aid. It is concluded that urban extension operations can be effectively carried out but should not be counted on as a base for faculty research or student training. (MS)
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Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Ithaca. Coll. of Human Ecology at Cornell Univ.
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