ERIC Number: ED223765
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jan
Reference Count: 0
National Assessment of Experiential Education. A Final Report.
Conrad, Dan; Hedin, Diane
This report summarizes the research and results of the Evaluation of Experiential Learning Project, undertaken to (1) assess the impact of experiential learning programs on the social, psychological, and intellectual development of secondary school students; and (2) use these data to identify those program variables most effective in facilitating such development. The project evaluated 30 experiential learning programs in independent, public, and parochial schools around the United States during 1978 and 1979. Program activities examined included volunteer service, political and social action, outdoor adventure, internships in government and business, and research in the community. The results of the study demonstrated that experiential programs had a positive impact on student participants. The opportunities to act autonomously and to develop collegial relationships with adults were the two features of each student's experience that were the most powerful predictors of personal growth. Regular seminars for program participants were found to be the most important positive program feature. Appended to this report are: (1) an extensive bibliography, (2) test instruments and questionnaires utilized in the evaluation, and (3) a lengthy review of the theoretical foundations and recent research on experiential education. (GC)
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Intellectual Development, Outcomes of Education, Predictor Variables, Program Design, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Secondary Education, Self Actualization, Social Development, Student Characteristics, Student Development
Center for Youth Development and Research, 1985 Buford Avenue, 386 McNeal Hall, St. Paul, MN 55108 ($16.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Rockefeller Family Fund, Inc., New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Center for Youth Development and Research.