ERIC Number: EJ885995
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Will Natural Resources Professionals Volunteer to Teach Youth?
Smith, Sanford S.; Finley, James C.; San Julian, Gary J.
Applied Environmental Education and Communication, v9 n2 p78-86 2010
A unique approach to volunteer marketing research involved a mail survey with natural resources professionals from across Pennsylvania. Previous work identified this group as a source of potential volunteers for the 4-H youth natural resources program. The results give insights into those most likely to volunteer to teach youth through 4-H programs. Self-perceived confidence with youth, confidence in knowledge about natural resources, and personal interest in the specific subject matter to be taught were key factors predicting willingness. Additionally, a need to fulfill feelings of social responsibility and high levels of outdoor activity were also important predictors. This study demonstrates the value of surveying and working with a specific population of potential volunteers to determine their promise for volunteer involvement and program expansion. (Contains 5 tables.)
Descriptors: Marketing, Research, Mail Surveys, Natural Resources, Professional Occupations, Social Responsibility, Volunteers, Interests, Recreational Activities, Predictor Variables, Participation, Youth Clubs
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania