ERIC Number: ED097599
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-May
Reference Count: N/A
A Brief Overview of the Mountain-Plains Program.
Conrad, Rowan W.
This report discusses the five-year history of the Mountain-Plains Education and Economic Development Program. In broad terms, the program is viewed as a human development program and not simply as a technical training program. The adult population it serves is defined as rural disadvantaged, and the primary selection criterion is un/underemployment. Intensive developmental career guidance including awareness, exploration, and choice is the critical area of the core curriculum, although other important general need areas (health education, consumer education, parent effectiveness training, and home management training) are also addressed. After a career choice is made, students enter specific career preparation programs which include work experience and permanent job placement. The unique aspect of the program design is that entire families participate in the program. Based on research and experience, the program developers found that putting an individual into an artificial program environment, working with him, and then returning him to his unaltered family environment pre-assure a high failure rate. The author attempts to inform others about the program and to stimulate a new interest in the "unvisible" foundations of educational approaches, particularly those for disadvantaged adults. (Author/PC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mountain-Plains Education and Economic Development Program, Inc., Glasgow AFB, MT.
Identifiers - Location: Montana