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DoRight Leadership Corps
Student Survey Summary

Description and Observations

This survey was designed to provide data on the efficacy of DoRight Enterprises as related to the following targeted areas for student growth:

  • Engagement, knowledge and confidence with the political process
  • Power to effect change--confidence and ability
  • Personal values, responsibility and attitudes with regard to sustainability and service beyond self
  • Knowledge of some basic energy/sustainability facts and principles

Results in Section 1 are specific to DoRight Enterprises, while Section 2 asks relates to students' experience from their overall school experience.   Survey questions were multiple choice with 5 levels of response offered. This document is a summary and excerpt of the total data.   All relevant questions are represented and only the most statistically significant responses are presented. In nearly all cases students showed statistically significant gains in the target areas, in some cases showing gains of 100% or more.

Sample Population Information

Numbers:   68 students
Respondent age:   12-14, (grades 7 and 8)
Pre test administered:   January 24, 2007
Post test administered: June 4, 2007
Instructional days:   34
Location:   Henry H. Wells Middle School, Brewster, New York
Curriculum:   DoRight Leadership Corps
Teacher:   Scott Beall

Results

Section 1:   Knowledge, Beliefs, Attitudes, Perceptions

Pre and post numbers are percentages of students giving the indicated response.

Survey Question

Response

Pre

Post

1. Do you believe that your individual actions can have any meaningful effect toward solving environmental and sustainability problems?

My individual actions are significant and can be the most powerful way to effect change.

26.9

44.2

2. Do you believe that major environmental and sustainability threats to the world will affect you in your lifetime?

There will major problems in my lifetime

20.6

42.2

3. How important is it to conserve consumption of oil and oil products (gasoline, jet fuel, plastics, etc.)

It should be a priority for all nations of the world

24.2

48.5

4. Do you spend time thinking about how to create a better future for society and the planet?

Fair amount of time to always

22.2

43.0

5. How often do you consider the source of what you consume (what you buy) and how it impacts the environment or future generations?

Half the time to always

26.8

45.3

6. Do you believe that the government genuinely cares about your present needs and your future well-being?

Somewhat to always

34.4

47.7

7. Do you believe the government can be trusted to create a secure future?

Yes, absolutely

7.0

18.0

8. Can young people have any affect on the actions of government?

Some effect to major effects

55.5

83.9

9. How important is it for you to contribute to solving large problems that face society?

Very to extremely important, it is a purpose in life

29.2

50.1

10. Do you believe that the adult world will listen to your ideas, opinions, knowledge and concerns and take them seriously?

Sometimes to always

46.3

68.8

11. Do you believe that today's modern conveniences and technology depend on the health of the ecosystem?

Our modern way of life is completely dependent on ecosystem health, and none would be possible without it.

15.2

40.0

12. Young teenagers can have very little to no effect in solving environmental problems and getting people to change their behaviors.

This is absolutely true, young people have no power, maybe with some small exceptions

29.2

12.6

13. How important is it that individuals make sacrifices and change the way they live (what they buy and consume) for the sake of the environment and future sustainability?

It should be a TOP priority for everyone

10.9

22.2

14. Do you think global warming is a serious problem?

Yes, it is a serious problem that everyone needs to address as soon as possible

50.0

74.6

15. What is a primary cause of global climate change? (global warming)

Carbon dioxide

59

78

16. What is the source of the MAJORITY of our electricity?

Coal burning power plants

(correct answer)

15.2

35.9

17. Do you know how you can influence government officials to pass laws that you care about?

I would have no idea where to begin, with a few exceptions

68.2

34.9

18. How important is it for individual citizens to actively participate in helping government officials govern?

We must be very active, otherwise we lose democracy

13.6

26.6

19. I enjoy school and look forward to coming every day

False--I hate school, there is little I like and I rarely look forward to coming

34.9

20.6

20.   Global issues and problems:   How urgent are they to address?

Peace and security--global war

Very important to extremely urgent

54.5

65.6

The environment and sustainability

Very important to extremely urgent

44.7

62.5

Education

Very important to extremely urgent

55.6

66.1

Immigration

Very important to extremely urgent

27.6

37.9

Population growth

Important to extremely urgent

59.8

80.7

Recreational alcohol and drug use

Important to extremely urgent

71.9

82.9

Homosexual marriage

Important to extremely urgent

35.9

49.2

Global disease

Very important to extremely urgent

47.1

64.5

World hunger

Important to extremely urgent
( note:   in spite of the loss from pre and post, the mode in this category shifted from "very important" to "urgent, top priority" in the post sample.)

89.4

87.3

Poverty

Important to extremely urgent

83.4

88.4

Racism

Important to extremely urgent

83.3

82.5

Section 2:   Overall School Experience

It is of interest to find out how the experience of DoRight Enterprises may effect a student's overall educational experience--how it might transfer to how a student learns in all areas.   While the data presented in this section is by no means definitive, changes are noteworthy considering their magnitude over the short duration of the DoRight curriculum.   DoRight Enterprises curriculum (34 days) is roughly 1/16 of the total instructional time devoted to students through the pre and post survey period at the school.   These results suggest the need for a more targeted study to examine transfer of DoRight learning to all domains of the educational experience.

Overall H.H. Wells experience from all classes:

Topic area/question

Survey Response

Pre

Post

I take pride in my schoolwork

Agree to strongly agree

55.4

73.0

I value the rewards (grades, awards, etc.) that I get at school for my work

Agree to strongly agree

60.6

76.2

I have grown in the following areas:

Learning real world work-related skills

Quite a bit to very much

24.3

41.5

Applying information to new situations or real world problems

Quite a bit to very much

33.3

46.0

Solving real world problems

Quite a bit to very much

29.9

44.6

Developing a sense of responsibility to the world

Quite a bit to very much

44.0

48.4

Learning on my own

Very much

23.1

28.1

 

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