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ERIC Number: ED279476
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Feb
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Adult Assessments of Social Learning Experiences during Adolescent Participation in 4-H and Other Youth Programs.
Thomas, John K.; Ladewig, Howard
A nationwide telephone survey of 1,761 adults was conducted in 1985 to measure the impact of the 4-H program to help young people develop basic competency, coping, and contributory life skills needed to become self-directing, productive, and contributing members of society. Findings indicated that, overall, 4-H alumni and past participants of other youth programs were more alike than nonparticipants in terms of race, age, era of participation, level of educational attainment, and high school academic achievement. Nonparticipants had slightly more minority representation, were older, and had lower levels of educational attainment. While 4-H alumni resided in rural areas most of their lives, other participants were primarily urban residents. Although 4-H alumni participated 2 fewer years on average than other participants, participation of both groups waned during teen years to less than 15%. Most useful experiences for 4-H and other participants were contact with others within "the program" and opportunities to develop skills and make a contribution to the program. While 4-H alumni were less satisfied than other participants in opportunities for leadership, majorities of both groups wanted more leadership opportunities. Both groups felt that learning to work with others and developing a sense of responsibility contributed most toward personal development. (NEC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A