ERIC Number: ED198978
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
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Project to Design an Evaluation of Outward Bound. Final Report. Educational Reports.
Smith, Mary Lee; And Others
After consideration of program constraints and variability factors involved in designing a study to document the effects of Colorado Outward Bound, it was concluded that there should be three separate studies: (1) Study One, a small, tightly-controlled experiment, would have as its subjects inner-city youth from the Denver schools; (2) Study Two would be an investigation of the effects of Outward Bound on all its summer participants (excluding teachers); and (3) Study Three would be a descriptive evaluation consisting of participant observation and a narrative account of what happens to one individual who experiences Outward Bound. Taken together, these studies would fulfill the objectives of the evaluation. The variables of self-esteem, self-awareness, self-assertion, and acceptance of others were chosen as outcome criteria because of their importance in the philosophy of the Outward Bound program. Based on operational definitions of these variables, a 66-item assessment device was developed and pilot tested with two groups. The major evidence for test validity was found in the power of the test to distinguish reliably between the Outward Bound and the high school samples. It was decided that the evaluation should be supervised by a person outside the program, preferably an evaluation agency or institution. Appendixes include a feasibility study, an analysis of variables, and inventories used in evaluation. (CM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Authoring Institution: Colorado Univ., Boulder. Bureau of Educational Field Services.