ERIC Number: ED215823
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Experiential Education Evaluation Project. Executive Summary of the Final Report.
Conrad, Dan; Hedin, Diane
In order to fill the gap in obtaining hard evidence to test or document the impact of experience-based education on student participants, the Experiential Education Evaluation Project was undertaken May, 1978 and administered to 4,000 students in 33 programs. There were four major types of programs: volunteer service, career internships, outdoor adventure, and community study/political action. Specific purposes were: (1) to define experiential education and develop a typology of programs; (2) to assess impact of experiential education programs on psychological, social and intellectual development of secondary school students; (3) to identify existing measures and instruments and to design new ones for assessing these outcomes; and (4) to use data to identify program variables and practices that were effective in facilitating student development. Five test instruments and two questionnaires were used to measure students' social, psychological and intellectual development. Data were analyzed in two phases: pre-post results were compared for each experimental and comparison group and specific features of programs were examined to assess their influence. Findings included experiential education programs had positive impact on students' psychological, social and intellectual development and characteristics of the experiences of individual students were powerful predictors of growth. (ERB)
Descriptors: Adventure Education, Career Awareness, Evaluation Methods, Experiential Learning, Internship Programs, Outdoor Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Secondary Education, Student Development, Student Volunteers
Center for Youth Development and Research, Univ. of Minnesota, 386 McNeal Hall, St. Paul, MN 55108 ($2.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Rockefeller Family Fund, Inc., New York, NY.; General Mills Foundation, Wayzata, Minn.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., St. Paul. Center for Youth Development and Research.