Perceptions of 4-H record books as part of the experiential learning cycle
Tangedal, Kara Bates
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This study investigated how perceptions of record books by 4-H adult and youth members changed before and after treatment, and if their perceived value of club meetings and project workshops, as well as growth in a project area improved after treatment. The subject of this treatment was enrolled Lewis and Clark County 4-H program members in Montana. Surveys were administered prior to record books being actively used in 4-H clubs and project workshops as a tool for goal-setting and reflection. Following volunteer training on how to effectively use record books in the Experiential Learning Cycle, club and project meetings were assessed on how effectively record books were incorporated, and subsequent remediation was made if necessary. If clubs and projects were evaluated to be using record books effectively, adult and youth members were asked to complete a post-treatment Record Book Survey. Pre- and post-treatment results were statistically analyzed and compared to qualitative interview findings, resulting in a significant increase in frequency of record book use, and modest increase of positive perceptions toward record book use and their relation to goal-setting and reflection, especially in youth members.