ERIC Number: ED139678
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Community Involvement: A Report of Transitional Experiences for Twelfth Grade Students. Resource Monograph No. 15.
The relationship between community involvement and academic excellence is discussed. The hypothesis was that performance on the Scholastic Aptitude Test is best predicted by the extent to which students extend their education beyond the classroom to become involved in the businesses, organizations, and other institutions in the community. Senior class members of the P.K. Yonge Laboratory School in Gainesville, Florida and four teachers participated in the community involvement project. The purposes of the project were to help students increase their communication and independent study skills; gain a better understanding of community life; and appreciate the contributions of people of various ages, backgrounds, and occupations. Project implementation included communication with parents, community members, and students about the program. Student responsibilities included biweekly reporting of activities and findings to a seminar, preparation of a resource bibliography, a final presentation, and a project notebook. Students, teachers, and community participants assessed the program. Findings indicated that students believe the program improved their job performance and community awareness and that teachers and community participants viewed the program as a valuable experience. Recommendations for program improvement are suggested. Evaluation forms, student report formats, project proposals, and cover letters are included in the appendix. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Community Involvement, Data Analysis, Educational Innovation, Educational Research, Experiential Learning, Grade 12, Nontraditional Education, Program Descriptions, School Community Relationship, Secondary Education, Skill Development, Student Attitudes, Student Participation, Tables (Data), Work Experience, Work Experience Programs, Work Study Programs
P. K. Yonge Laboratory School, 1080 SW 11th Street, Gainesville, Florida 32611 (free)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida Univ., Gainesville. P. K. Yonge Lab. School.