ERIC Number: ED234176
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Jun-30
Reference Count: N/A
Innovative Community-Based Career Exploration for Disadvantaged Youth. Final Report.
Harlow, James D.
A self actualization and career education project was conducted by Cedar Valley College, one of the colleges in the Dallas County Community College District (Texas), for residents of the Dallas County Boys' Home. An instructor from the college's counseling center conducted programs on both campuses, and in addition to this linkage, the project director made numerous visits to the Boys' Home to maintain working relationships with the administrative staff. The basis for the development of the program was the model of the social reality of crime developed by Richard Quinney. An intervention strategy was developed to change the predelinquent and delinquent youths' self-concepts and ideas about careers to positive and prosocial attitudes, in order that they would manifest these behaviors instead of the behaviors common to criminals. Throughout the initial phase of the course, group activities designed to increase self-awareness and interpersonal skills were used. The second phase of the course aimed to impart career information. Outcomes of the project were difficult to measure because of changes in personnel at the Boys' Home and in the college and because so few boys participated in the entire program from September to May. Various sociometric techniques were used for pre- and posttests, and the Career Education Measurement Series was used to test knowledge and information about careers. Problems with administration of all these instruments, however, prevented the drawing of any definite conclusions about the effectiveness of the program. Recommendations were made for dealing with personnel and administrative changes and for choosing and administering evaluation instruments to enhance the evaluation of such projects. (KC)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Career Education, Community Education, Cooperative Programs, Delinquency, Delinquency Prevention, Delinquent Rehabilitation, Disadvantaged Youth, Group Homes, Institutional Cooperation, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Self Actualization, Self Concept, Self Concept Measures, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Social Psychology, Two Year Colleges, Youth Problems
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas Education Agency, Austin. Dept. of Occupational Education and Technology.
Authoring Institution: Capitol Publications, Inc., Arlington, VA.