decrease in current participation in service activities, civic activities, and social movements for program graduates
The three subject groups were compared in terms of whether they currently participate in various kinds of service and the number of activities they list for each kind of service. Surprisingly, both the graduates and dropouts lag significantly behind the non-matriculants in the proportion of each group reporting any kind of current service. Moreover, aside from their predictable edge in ongoing TFA service, the graduates trail non-matriculants in non-TFA educatiotial service and all other (non-educational) areas of service. The graduates lag significantly behind one or both of the other groups in their current levels of participation in "civic activity," "institutional politics" and "social movements."
Beschreibung der Aktivität
Ausbildungsprogramm "Teach for America" für PraktikerInnen/ JugendarbeiterInnen
Ausbildung der PraktikerInnen/ JugendarbeiterInnen
2 years (for completing the program)
PraktikerInnen/ JugendarbeiterInnen/ MentorInnen
Evaluierung der Aktivität
The study includes every individual who applied to and was accepted by TFA in the years 1993-1998. This population includes "graduates," "dropouts" and "non-matriculants." Graduates are those who completed the two year teaching commitment, dropouts are those who began the program but left sometime before completing the two years, and non-matriculants are those who were accepted by TFA but declined the offer. Whenever available, the survey was mailed to the applicant's last known address as provided by TFA.
Participation in service activities: service through TFA, education-related not through TFA, service in any area other than education
Of the 2,771 individuals whom TFA told us they had accepted from 1993 through 1998, we were able to locate all but 230 using our various tracking procedures. These "missing" individuals were removed from our sample. We then mailed surveys to the remaining 2,541 accepted applicants. In response to our efforts, we received a total of 1,124 completed surveys for an overall response rate of 44.2 percent
The surveys were completed and returned from May of 2001 through April of 2002