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Rice, Joshua E.; Rugg, Bradley; Davis, Sharon – Journal of Extension, 2016
Youth involved in 4-H projects have been engaged in science-related endeavors for years. Since 2006, 4-H has invested considerable resources in the advancement of science learning. The new Minnesota 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge program challenges 4-H youth to work together to identify agriculture-related issues in their communities and to…
Descriptors: Youth Programs, Agriculture, Community Problems, Community Programs
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Dodd, Sara; Follmer-Reece, Holly E.; Kostina-Ritchey, Erin; Reyna, Roxanna – Journal of Extension, 2015
This article describes a novel approach for introducing 4-H to non-traditional/diverse audiences using 4-H Food Challenge. Set in a low SES and minority-serving rural school, Food Challenge was presented during the school day to all 7th grade students, with almost half voluntarily participating in an after-school club component. Program design…
Descriptors: Grade 7, After School Programs, STEM Education, Career Development
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Hedrick, Jason; Light, Mark; Dick, Jeff – Journal of Extension, 2013
College Readiness for Rural Youth is an innovative, postsecondary education bridge program that gives youth the opportunity to explore college attainability, admissions, financial aid, and application processes. The initiative aims to support academic success and transition to college for rural youth.
Descriptors: College Preparation, Rural Youth, Youth Programs, Transitional Programs
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Lancaster, Kendra; Knobloch, Neil; Jones, Amy; Brady, Colleen – Journal of Extension, 2013
The explorative study reported here describes youth participants in three animal science-related career development events from 2010. Variables included students' self-efficacy, task value motivation, career interests, and to what extent they utilized resources in preparation. It was concluded that all three groups were self-efficacious,…
Descriptors: Youth Programs, Animals, Career Development, Animal Husbandry
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Pendry, Patricia; Roeter, Stephanie; Smith, Annelise; Jacobson, Sue; Erdman, Phyllis – Journal of Extension, 2013
To explore the efficacy of equine programming to support positive behavioral development of horse-novice youth, researchers examined trajectories of behavioral change of 5-8th grade students as they participate in an equine facilitated learning program. Behaviors were rated and analyzed to examine group trajectories of change. Results indicated…
Descriptors: Student Behavior, Youth Programs, Grade 5, Grade 6
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Nelson, Nicole; Shaw, Bret R. – Journal of Extension, 2013
The study reported here measured the impact of natural schoolyards, within the science curriculum, on middle school students' environmental attitudes. It was expected that students engaged in such a curriculum would show increased pro-environmental attitudes and behaviors. Participants were 7th-grade students in Madison, WI. A modified form of the…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Environmental Education, Student Attitudes, Playgrounds
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Skelton, Peter; Seevers, Brenda; Dormody, Tom; Hodnett, Frank – Journal of Extension, 2012
Improving youth science comprehension in the United States is imperative to reverse current trends in student achievement and to meet an expected shortage of scientists in the future. This lag in achievement scores and need for future scientists is a problem. One challenge is to link inquiry-based learning and experiential education with…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Youth Programs, Science Education, Comprehension
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Myers, Monique R. – Journal of Extension, 2012
A middle school student and teacher watershed education project supports a large wetland restoration effort. It provides community-based, science education for urban, low-income, multicultural 6th-9th grade students and their teachers. This is a bottom-up approach to extending information to the local community about the restoration. The project…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Middle School Students, Natural Resources, Conservation (Environment)
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Seevers, Brenda S.; Hodnett, Frank; Van Leeuwen, Dawn – Journal of Extension, 2011
Between 2000 and 2007, six western states conducted individual impact studies using public school youth in grades five, seven, and nine. Common areas of study included: risk behaviors, leadership positions held, helping others, close relationships with adults, self-identity, character, self-confidence, and empowerment. The purpose of the study was…
Descriptors: Youth Programs, Program Effectiveness, Risk, Student Behavior
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Behnke, Andrew O.; Kelly, Christine – Journal of Extension, 2011
Parent involvement programs can play an essential role in the academic success of Latino youth. This article reports the effectiveness and evaluation of two new Extension programs that help Latino parents become more involved in their youths' academics. The Latino Parent and Family Advocacy and Support Training (LPFAST) targets parents of K- 8th…
Descriptors: Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Hispanic Americans, Extension Education
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Skelton, Peter; Seevers, Brenda – Journal of Extension, 2010
The Memorial Middle School Agricultural Extension and Education Center is a new model for Extension. The center applies the Cooperative Extension Service System philosophy and mission to developing public education-based programs. Programming primarily serves middle school students and teachers through agricultural and natural resource science…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Rural Extension, Public Education, Natural Resources