An evaluation of student outcomes: the careers in radio broadcasting project at Fort Gay, West Virginia

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1976
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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
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During the past five years, the influx of federal money into education has resulted in the development of numerous new and innovative programs throughout the United States. Such a program was implemented in a small rural community in an Appalachian region of West Virginia. The"Careers in Radio Broadcasting" project, located in Fort Gay, West Virginia, was a career exploration project funded by Title III ESEA.

The purpose of this study was to evaluate student outcomes and their effects related to the overall goals of the"Careers in Radio Broadcasting" project. In addition, this study attempted to: (1) measure technical skill in the operation of radio broadcasting equipment and knowledge of basic electronics and FCC rules and regulations, (2) examine reading achievement and school attendance, (3) provide a basis for judgmental decisions to those accountable for federal funds regarding project continuation, (4) examine career attitudes of the students to aid in the development of guidelines for similar career exploration projects.

Specifically, this study included an examination of student outcomes related to: (1) reading achievement, (2) school attendance, (3) acquisition of career-related skills in the operation of radio broadcasting equipment, (4) acquisition of knowledge of electronics and FCC rules and regulations, and (S) acquisition of positive career attitudes.

The sample consisted of thirty students in grades nine and ten who were participating in the"Careers in Radio Broadcasting" project and were randomly selected after two years of successful completion in project activities. In addition, thirty students in grades nine and ten who were not participating in the project were also randomly selected. These two groups were then tested using a series of instruments so that comparative data could be collected. A multivariate analysis of covariance was then computed on the data to determine statistical significance.

On the basis of the statistical analysis presented in the study, the following results were obtained.

  1. There was a significant difference in reading achievement between those students participating in the project and other students from Fort Gay High School.

  2. There was no significant difference in school attendance between those students participating in the project and other students from Fort Gay High School.

  3. There was a significant difference in the level of skill in the operation of radio broadcasting equipment between those students participating in the project and other students from Fort Gay High School.

  4. There was a significant difference in the level of knowledge of electronics and FCC rules and regulations between those students participating in the project and other students from Fort Gay High School.

  5. There was a significant difference in career attitudes and self-esteem between those students participating in the project and other students from Fort Gay High School.

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