ERIC Number: ED120285
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-May
Reference Count: N/A
An Experiment to Transform the Orientation of an Urban Youth Service: A Case Study. Extension Studies 59.
Stephenson, Paul L.; Harris, J. John, III
This study investigates an experiment undertaken by the Cooperative Extension Service of The Pennsylvania State University and the Christian Street Urban 4H Center in Philadelphia to transform the "provider" orientation of a youth service. The "provider' orientation addresses needs as they are perceived and defined by the providers of services. It was hoped that goals, structures, and processes of operation of the Urban Center could be defined in accordance with the perceptions, interests, values, and concerns of both the Urban 4H providers and the community--via a Community Committee. This analysis of the 4H experiment is based on data from: (1) over 25 focused interviews and informal discussions with key members of extension staff, youngsters enrolled in 4H, and people in the community, and (2) participant observation of approximately five meetings of the Community Committee and over 20 relevant meetings of the 4H staff. This study covers an eight month period, from the inauguration of the 4H Center in July 1974, through a process of internal committee development, to a stage of tension between the Community Committee and 4H by early March 1975. The main facts of the history of the Community Committee serve as background for the analysis of the unforseen problrms which influenced the outcome. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Cooperative Extension Service.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)