ERIC Number: ED173059
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
Final Quantitative Evaluation for 1971-72 Year I.
Fersch, Ellsworth; Smith, Mary
Project Adventure, an innovative educational program combining experiential learning in academics with a rigorous physical education curriculum at the high school level, was successful in its first year (1971-72). Project staff attempted to: develop and teach the physical education component; involve students and faculty in experiential dimensions of the existing science and social science curriculum; and develop student self-confidence. Six quantitative pre- and post-tests were given to the 224 participating high school sophomores (120 males, 104 females). Both boys and girls significantly improved their performance on virtually all physical education tests and generally increased their self-concept. Girls showed significant gains in self-concept. Contrary to expectations, no group significantly changed their perceptions of their physical selves. Also unexpectedly, girls in the program performed as well as boys despite the outdoor orientation and emphasis on materials usually associated with boys. At the end of the year participating students reported greater self-confidence (especially due to the physical education component), perception of less external control, and more activity both in and out of class. Recommendations included continuation of the program and periodic evaluation. The cover sheet notes availability of Project Adventure materials. (SB)
Descriptors: Adventure Education, Affective Objectives, Educational Environment, Experiential Learning, Females, Grade 10, High School Students, Interdisciplinary Approach, Males, Outdoor Education, Physical Education, Program Evaluation, Science Curriculum, Secondary Education, Self Concept, Self Esteem, Sex Differences, Social Studies, Validated Programs
Project Adventure, Box 157, Hamilton, Massachusetts 01936 ($.50)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Elementary and Secondary Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC. Div. of Compensatory Education.
Authoring Institution: Project Adventure, Hamilton, MA.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Rotter Internal External Locus of Control Scale; Tennessee Self Concept Scale