ERIC Number: ED174852
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of the Greenhouse Program 1977-78. Experience-Based Career Education.
Spotts, Robert; And Others
A cooperative effort between the Rockville Centre Free Union School District and the Far West Laboratory evaluated the implementation and outcomes of Greenhouse, an alternative high school program using the experience based career education (EBCE) curriculum. Evaluation criteria included four process objectives and the following student learning objectives: (1) improving reading, writing, quantitative, oral communication and interpersonal skills; (2) improving attitudes toward career planning, learning and education; (3) increasing career-related self awareness; (4) increasing career planning involvement; (5) acquiring career-related information; (6) increasing career decision making ability; and (7) increasing self-reliance. Pretest and posttest data were gathered from an experimental group, comparison group, and self-selected group of students. In addition, information in student files, administrative records, and opinion surveys sent to parents and resource persons were used in evaluating the program. Findings indicated that twenty-two out of twenty-five seniors enrolled in Greenhouse graduated and that some preset criteria were achieved for all but one of the student learning objectives. In addition, both parent and students were found to be strong supporters of the program. (A description of the Far West Laboratory, EBCE model, a sample learning activity packet, and the evaluation instruments are appended.) (LRA)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Basic Skills, Career Education, Dropout Prevention, Experiential Learning, High School Students, Parent Attitudes, Potential Dropouts, Program Effectiveness, Questionnaires, School Community Relationship, School Holding Power, Student Attitudes, Vocational Maturity
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.