Enriching Intentional Youth Program Experiences Through Preflection, Action, and Reflection Academic Article uri icon


  • We examined effects of preflection, action, and reflection sessions on youth experiences during a 4H travel camp. The travel camp was one component of GLOBE, a 2-year Texas 4-H program with intentional goals of advancing understanding of agriculture, poverty, and world cultures. In morning preflection sessions, the 28 youth participants were instructed to take photographs during their day according to themes aligned with 1 of 2 of the programs goals: building global citizenship and understanding poverty. Each day ended with a reflection session. Youth viewed a slideshow of their themed photographs. After the slideshows, youth completed questionnaires measuring elements of the quality of their subjective experiences during the slideshow: meaningfulness, perceived value of time spent, engagement, absorption, self-affirmation, and provocation. The affirmation preflection, action, and reflection sequence yielded significantly greater meaningfulness and perceived value of time spent. Effects were mediated by immediate subjective experiences of provocation, self-affirmation, absorption, and engagement.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Ellis, G. D., Locke, D., Jorgensen, K., Jiang, J., & Williams, M.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Ellis, Gary D||Locke, Darlene||Jorgensen, Kaylee||Jiang, Jingxian||Williams, Montza

publication date

  • January 2022