ERIC Number: ED159365
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Consumer Education Outreach Project: A Community Approach Utilizing an Off-Campus Laboratory.
Parker, Janet M.
A consumer education outreach project used a community, off-campus laboratory approach with fifty-seven girls and ten boys from high schools in the Santa Barbara area in the development of a program to better prepare students to meet the challenges of everyday living. The assumption made was that motivation to learn would increase in non-traditional simulated experiences. The methods and procedures employed were organized into five stages: (1) developing the problem (the community was surveyed), (2) developing the proposal (during which it was determined that an off-campus residence would be optimal), (3) procuring the funds (funding for the housing could not be found, so the Santa Barbara Girls Club offered its quarters), and (5) evaluating the project. (The students who were pre- and posttested, and compared to a traditional consumer homemaking class, felt more comfortable in the environment of the project than in the other classes. Moreover, pre- and posttest instruments showed a gain of "yes" responses to questions of knowledge about consumer functioning. Unexpected results were the trust and openness between students and teacher, the sense of family that developed, and the subsequent group counseling that took place.) Four recommendations were made: (1) to continue the outreach program, (2) to allow students to progress by means of self-paced, individualized instruction with open entrance-open exit possibilities, (3) to find sufficient funding sources, and (4) to provide a closer boy-girl ratio. (Appendixes include a bibliography, excerpts from the survey, a list of the advisory committee, a sample curriculum, and a sample pre- and posttest.) (VB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: California (Santa Barbara)