ERIC Number: ED116858
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
An Assessment of a Program for Rural Youth from Low-Income Families in South Carolina. Extension Circular 559.
Boyd, Virlyn A.; And Others
The effectiveness of a special South Carolina rural youth project was evaluated. Initiated in 1972, the project was designed to improve the quality of life of rural youth from low income families via community clubs for youth between the ages of 9 and 16. In order to measure the attitude changes (aspirations and expectations) of club members, a questionnaire was designed which included items relative to: (1) education, (2) residence, (3) occupation, (4) marriage and family, (5) community, (6) self-image, (7) self-concept, (8) concept of chance for success. Useable data were obtained from black and white, male and female, youth in attendance at club meetings (n=509) and summer camps (n=559). The research effort failed to measure any pattern of statistically significant changes in the attitudes of program participants. It was suggested that possible reasons for failure to measure change might have been: (1) the sophistication of the questionnaire, (2) the lack of overlap in interviews, (3) the variations in time lapse between questionnaires, (4) the use of responses from youth who had not been in the program long. The evaluation team did make some "impressionistic" observations which indicated: (1) program variations had met the different needs of differing groups; (2) participants and their parents had accrued positive benefits from the program; (3) the program had been successful since members wished to continue club activities. (JC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Extension Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Clemson Univ., SC. Cooperative Extension Service.
Identifiers - Location: South Carolina