ERIC Number: ED362297
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Variations on a Theme: A Comparison of a School-Age Child Care Curriculum in School and Non-School Settings.
Krug, Anita J.; Pilat, Mary
Initiated in November 1989, the Exploring 4-H program in Indiana is a child care program providing delivery models and a 21-topic curriculum for use in existing 4-H clubs, after-school day care programs, day camps, summer programs, and library programs in both school and non-school settings. To evaluate the program and the effect of the setting on implementation, questionnaires were sent to the 118 program leaders. Sixty-three surveys were returned, a response rate of 53%. Study findings included the following: (1) 43% of the respondents used the program curriculum in clubs where children met with a volunteer leader, 27% in after school day care, 21% in day camps, 6% in libraries, and 3% in satellite programs; (2) adaptations to the program included use with Girl Scouts and youth groups and integration with other curriculum materials; (3) elements of the Exploring 4-H curriculum most frequently used included those focusing on self-esteem, self-care, and nutrition, and 68% of the respondents indicated that the lesson plan format was easy to use; (4) 75% of the respondents indicated that topics were mostly selected by adults, with only 12% indicating that children mostly selected topics; and (5) in general, the setting was not a factor in whether providers determined the program to be successful, though some club leaders indicated disappointment with the program's focus on non-competitiveness. (BCY)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Atlanta, GA, April 12-16, 1993).