ERIC Number: ED215809
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
An Evaluation Report of the Project Leadership-Service Conference (Camp Miniwanca, Michigan, August 2-15, 1981).
Smith, Victor A.
The 1981 Project Leadership-Service Conference, focusing on serving the community as the training ground for leadership, was conducted for 53 Indianapolis seniors who arrived in early August for 4 days preparatory training and 137 Indianapolis inner city sixth graders who arrived in mid-August. Ten teachers from the sixth graders' schools participated in a separate teacher seminar. Pretests and posttests, open-ended questionnaires, and informal observations were principal techniques used to gather data for assessing the conference. Findings from three key questions were: seniors registered highly significant gains on the Social and Personal Responsibility Scale (indicating a more responsible attitude toward others) and the Janis-Field Scale (a test of self-esteem in social situations); 99% of sixth graders' responses summarized the camp positively; and seniors (97%) indicated they would recommend the conference to friends who were juniors. Suggestiions for improvements among seniors included allowing more individual time, and among teachers and sixth graders concern was focused on the schedule for the nature study day. The camp had a significant effect on the vast majority of participants in their attitude toward themselves, others, and serving others in their community. Appendices include conference schedule, evaluation instruments, and tables of questionnaire responses. (ERB)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Experiential Learning, Grade 6, High School Seniors, Interaction, Leadership Training, Outdoor Education, Questionnaires, Resident Camp Programs, Role Models, Self Actualization, Student Development, Student Leadership, Summer Programs, Teacher Workshops, Urban Youth, Youth Leaders
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Lilly Endowment, Inc., Indianapolis, IN.
Authoring Institution: American Youth Foundation, St. Louis, MO.