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ERIC Number: ED230647
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
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Nonformal Education for Children and Youth. A Private for Profit Sector Inquiry.
La Belle, Thomas J.; Carroll, John
An exploratory study was conducted to determine the types of nonformal educational programs and activities for youth being offered by profit making agencies in Los Angeles, California, in 1982. From a list compiled from the yellow pages of the Los Angeles telephone directory, 76 agencies were selected for study. Telephone interviews with agency representatives revealed that: (1) most of the activities offered seemed to require individual participation and emphasize skills (as opposed to emphasis on group participation and development of values and attitudes by nonprofit oriented educational agencies); (2) the most frequently represented category of programs was the arts, followed by personal growth and development, and then by sports; (3) agencies associated training of teachers more frequently with years of experience than with professional training or licenses; and (4) most programs indicated that they catered to all social classes. Other information collected included prerequisites for participation; costs of instruction; number of years the agency had been operating; reasons for participation in programs; and reasons for participants' success. The findings seemed to suggest that profit making agencies that offer nonformal learning activities for youth are genuinely interested in advancing children's welfare rather than in simply making a financial profit. (MJL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California (Los Angeles)