ERIC Number: ED246227
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
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4-H's Influence on Advanced Training, Careers and Leadership Roles in Adulthood.
Rockwell, S. Kay; And Others
A study explored how adults felt their 4-H experience contributed to their selection of advanced education and/or a career and helped them with leadership skills in their occupations or community activities. To obtain data, a questionnaire was mailed to former 4-H members aged 25 to 35 in northeast Nebraska; 318 questionnaires were returned. Results indicated a significant number of 4-H members growing up in rural areas move to urban areas as adults. Benefits identified most frequently as being received from the 4-H program were learning a specific skill and having a chance to meet people. Least frequently identified were help in speaking at public meetings and help in planning toward an occupation. Those individuals who remained in 4-H over a period of years perceived more benefits. Two aspects of 4-H that former members saw as having been very important were increasing knowledge in project areas and competing with others. 4-H programs, activities, leaders, and agents were felt to influence members' choice of potential career, institution of higher education, areas of study for advanced education, first occupation, and subsequent occupations. Over 90 percent of the respondents felt each leadership experience was helpful to some degree in preparing them for adult leadership roles. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Nebraska Univ., Lincoln. Inst. of Agriculture and Natural Resources.