ERIC Number: ED244962
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr-14
Reference Count: 0
Adolescents' Participation in Developmental Activity: A Method of Assessment.
Newmann, Fred M.
The study was designed to assess the impact of high school community service programs on students' social development. These programs enable students to earn academic credit through volunteer work in various agencies. Their work is supervised by teachers and on-site supervisors. Frequently a seminar or class is part of the program. Eight community service programs were studied. Data were collected on 20 program students and 20 control students. This included pre- and post-survey questionnaires; interviews with students at various points in time; interviews with the school principal, program teachers, and field placement supervisors; and observation of classes and student activities at their field placement. Several criteria for assessing developmental activity as being productive were delineated. Student testimony and research staff observations were the main sources of data. Students were asked to recall examples of developmental activity and to describe the extent to which school classes and field placements tended to meet the developmental criteria. The appendices include questionnaires, student interview, and observation sheet. (DWH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Center for Education Research, Madison.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (67th, Montreal, Canada, April 14, 1983). Small print in Table 2 and Appendix 1.