ERIC Number: ED201417
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Dec-23
Reference Count: N/A
National Leadership Conference: Experiential Education for a Just Society.
Kielsmeier, James C.
Employing experiential adventure activities to develop leadership skills of young people and teachers, the National Leadership Conference (NLC) program, held during a 10-day session at Camp Miniwanca in Michigan, is constructed from 5 distinctive elements: (1) high intensity orientation; (2) carefully structured learning experiences; (3) introductory and in-depth choice experiences; (4) synthesis/consolidation of learning experiences; and (5) preparation for transfer and compact/contract development. Program elements are based on portions of change theory, which involves unfreezing, moving, and refreezing, in order to provide incentives, positive experiences, and increased confidence, with the goal of raising personal and political consciousness of participants and increasing their personal professional skills and knowledge so as to transform their lives and the larger worlds they live in now and in the future. Gains for students who participated in the 1980 NLC are reported as being significant in all areas measured, and continuing feedback from participating groups reinforces the findings. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Youth Foundation, St. Louis, MO.