ERIC Number: ED166373
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
SPEDY [Summer Programs for the Education and Development of Youth] and Career Education in Indiana's Balance-of-State.
Bonnet, Deborah G.; And Others
A study was conducted of Indiana's Summer Programs for the Education and Development of Youth (SPEDY) to describe the program themselves and to study the programs' effect on participants' short-term career education attitudes, knowledge, and skills. SPEDY is a training for public-sector work program operated each summer for about ten weeks for fourteen- to twenty-one-year old economically disadvantaged youth and funded by the Title III of the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act. In 1978, twenty-five SPEDY programs were operated in Indiana's sixty-eight-county Balance-of-State. Ten of the programs consisted entirely of formal career education training, including explorations of various career areas. The other fifteen consisted of between twelve and fifty-three hours of career education training combined with work experience. Nine possible outcomes were chosen for study, work-related attitudes, locus of control, job-seeking skills, job-specific occupational information, self esteem, career planning, attitudes toward learning, general occupational information, and sex equity. Pre- and post-tests were administered and analyzed separately for each of sixteen programs. For total groups, 144 analyses (nine scales x sixteen programs) resulted in twenty cases of significant improvement and ten cases of significant loss. Significant gains were most common in Sex Equity, Job-Seeking Skills, and Career Planning. Most losses were in Attitudes Toward Learning. Overall, the programs were more beneficial to seventeen-to-twenty-one-year-olds than to fourteen-to-sixteen-year-olds and to young women than to young men. Changes in participants' educational and career plans showed desirable trends. (BM)
Descriptors: Career Development, Career Education, Career Planning, Disadvantaged Youth, Experiential Learning, Job Search Methods, Locus of Control, Occupational Information, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, School Attitudes, Self Concept, Sex Fairness, Summer Programs, Work Attitudes, Work Experience Programs, Youth Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Indiana State Office of Manpower Development, Indianapolis.
Authoring Institution: New Educational Directions, Crawfordsville, IN.
Identifiers - Location: Indiana
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Comprehensive Employment and Training Act