Date of Award

1985

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to collect data on outreach, scholarship, and financial assistance programs of community schools of the arts. The National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, Inc. requires that organizations seeking full institutional membership offer scholarships and financial assistance programs for students. In addition, outreach program offerings are recommended and encouraged by the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, Inc. A questionnaire was mailed to one-hundred member schools of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, Inc. Sixty-four (64%) questionnaires were used in data analysis. The survey instrument was designed to solicit information in the following areas: (1) public and private school outreach programs; (2) early childhood education and day care outreach programs; (3) outreach programs for the handicapped; (4) outreach programs in juvenile detention homes and prisons; (5) ethnic outreach programs; (6) teacher training outreach programs; (7) adult education outreach programs; (8) outreach programs in conjunction with other community agencies; (9) performance programs as community outreach; (10) other outreach programs; (11) general information; and (12) scholarship and financial assistance programs. Results indicated that a majority of schools have outreach offerings in the following areas: adult education programs, performance programs, public and private school programs and early childhood education and day care programs. Of the four areas of instruction--music, dance, drama, and visual arts--music was most frequently offered; piano was the most frequently offered type of music instruction. The data indicated that most schools offer partial scholarships awarded on the bases of financial need and teacher recommendations. Few schools, however, offer special scholarships or financial assistance for the handicapped. Conclusions and recommendations included suggestions that there be ongoing studies of specific outreach, scholarship, and financial assistance program areas; programs in juvenile detention homes and prisons should be increased since offerings in this area have declined, especially during 1983-84.

Pages

347

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