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Afterschool Education

Author: Gil G. Noam
Publisher: Harvard Education Press
ISBN: 1612500439
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The authors survey the current afterschool landscape and bring to light important issues and practices within the field, explore the challenges and opportunities facing afterschool education programs, and point to future directions for these burgeoning educational ventures. Afterschool education has grown in recent years into a vast and diverse enterprise. In the United States, young people spend almost a third of their organized time (including school hours) in afterschool and summer programs. Yet there is little clear and conclusive research on afterschool programs—research that would help guide the practice of existing afterschool programs and establish guidelines for the creation of new programs. An indispensable guide for practitioners, administrators, policy makers, and parents, Afterschool Education will serve as the cornerstone for all future accounts of and proposals for this crucial educational field.

After School Centers And Youth Development

Author: Barton J. Hirsch
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139497995
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This book examines after-school programs in light of their explosive growth in recent years. In the rush to mount programs, there is a danger of promoting weak ones of little value and failing to implement strong ones adequately. But what is quality and how can it be achieved? This book presents findings from an intensive study of three after-school centers that differed dramatically in quality. Drawing from 233 site visits, the authors examine how – and why – young people thrive in good programs and suffer in weak ones. The book features engaging, in-depth case studies of each of the three centers and of six youths, two from each center. Written in a highly accessible style for academics, youth workers, after-school program leaders and policy makers, the study breaks new ground in highlighting the importance of factors such as collective mentoring, synergies among different programs and activities, and organizational culture and practices.

The Growing Outofschool Time Field

Author: Helen Janc Malone
Publisher: IAP
ISBN: 164113030X
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The Information Age Publishing new book series, Current Issues in OutofSchool Time, is designed with a purpose to disseminate original research and promising practices that further the OST field. This first book sets the foundation on which the series rests upon, by offering an analysis of the progress made since the 2000s, as well as by looking toward the future for areas of considerations. Leading OST experts explore latest knowledge, intentionally bridging research and practice, and propose new areas of inquiry within each of the following six sections: 1. OST as a vehicle for young people’s development; 2. sociocultural dimensions of OST; 3. professional development within OST; 4. research and evaluationinformed field; 5. OST advocacy; and 6. future directions for the OST field. The OST field has grown considerably over the last two decades. Today, we have the frameworks, practice and researchbased knowledge and tools, and burgeoning paths to advance the field across multiple dimensions: demographic, stakeholder groups, contexts, systems and sectors, and disciplines. The hallmark of the OST field has been the ability to remain agile and adaptable to change in a way that complements the field and supports all children and young people in diverse ways. This anthology is designed to be a platform for researchpractice discussions and future directions that could further grow, sustain, and improve the field. We hope this book inspires both reflections and conversations on the OST field. Endorsements: It has been clear for some time that the socalled achievement gap is driven in part by gaps in educational opportunities. Providing access to high quality outofschool learning experiences is one of the most important measures that can be taken to reduce disparities and level the playing field. The authors in this important new book show us not only how to create such programs but why it matters to our collective future. Timely, relevant, and readable, this book is an invaluable resource for anyone seeking to close gaps in educational opportunities. Pedro A. Noguera, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Education, UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies As the chair of the NAS/NRC committee that wrote the report Community programs to support youth development, I am delighted by this book. When we wrote the report in 2002, there were few systematic attempts to organize and theorize the emerging field of positive youth development. As the editors and chapter authors in this book make very clear, a great deal has happened at all levels of scholarship in this field over the last 15 years. Both this volume and the new book series that it is initiating signal the maturing of this field from childhood, through adolescence, and now into emerging adulthood. The breadth of work discussed in this collection is exceptionally broad, ranging from psychological theorizing about the impact of youth serving programs in the outofschool time period to social policy analyses of how to grow the profession of OST Youth Professionals and create steady funding streams to support OST programming. All topics are critically discussed and new directions are suggested. I consider this book to be required reading of all students, scholars, professional, and practitioners in the field of positive youth development and OST programming. I go even further by suggesting it be read broadly by anyone interested in the education and development of young people around the world. There is no better collection available for educators, parents, community activists, and social policy makers concerned with positive youth development. I believe this collection lays a very strong foundation for achieving the goal set forth by Karen Pittman for the field to move from "Where and when to what and how." Jacquelynne S. Eccles, Distinguished University Professor of Education, University of California, Irvine The impressive growth of OST programs represents one of the brightest spots on the American educational landscape. Importantly, as this book portrays, what began a series of programs and local initiatives has now grown into a maturing field, with standards, scholarship, organizations, policies, and funding at the national, state, and local levels. And more than a field, OST carries the urgency, energy, and passion of a movement for social justice. The Growing OutofSchool Time Field offers a comprehensive review of earlier decades of work and points the way forward for the field’s future development. It should be read not only by those involved in the OST field, but by all educators who seek to create inclusive and powerful learning environments. Policymakers, as well, would benefit from deeper knowledge of this movement. It holds a key to preparing today’s youth for an uncertain future, where the nature of work is changing, norms of society are shifting, and multicultural, global perspectives are needed. Milton Chen, Ph.D., Senior Fellow & Executive Director, Emeritus, George Lucas Educational Foundation (

When Where What And How Youth Learn

Author: Karen J. Pittman
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Inc Pub
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Explore ways to connect learning experiences that happen inside and outside school buildings and during and after the school day. This volume presents new structures and arrangements that are helping to meet the needs of vulnerable urban adolescents, and an innovative program to bring together schools, community organizations, policy makers and the general public to create learning-centered communities. It explores programs that are community-based-such as Chicago's After School Matters program, and programs for stimulating out-of-school free-choice learning to accomplish educational goals-as well as school-based programs.

The Case For Twenty First Century Learning

Author: Eric Schwarz
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
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What skills and attributes will allow young people to succeed in the new global economy? This volume addresses the question by examining the topic of twenty-first century learning. Twenty-first century learning frames an increasingly relevant and vital national conversation about what young people need in order to achieve: critical thinking, problem-solving, innovation, and communication skills. The chapters in this volume provide a broad scope of perspectives - from business leaders, educators, researchers, youth workers, and students - on the need, opportunity, application, and outcomes of twenty-first century learning. The twenty-first century calls us to reimagine the learning day-building partnerships that engage schools, after-school programs, businesses, and community-based organizations - and to embrace both traditional academic basics as well as small-group and project-based learning. This volume provides the most comprehensive review to date of this important topic. This is the 110th issue of New Directions for Youth Development, a quarterly journal published by Jossey-Bass. Click here to view the entire catalog of New Directions for Youth Development titles.

Cognitive And Social Development Through Digital Media Construction In An Urban After School Community

Author: Linda Charmaraman
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Finally, the intermediate youth media producers were cognizant of their agency and ability to promote social change through harnessing the mutable tools of media production to more fully express their voice and identity. These qualitative and quantitative findings will be highly relevant to teachers, parents, and school administrators interested in developing youth as creative, collaborating, and productive citizens. They will also hold significant interest to video producers and after-school coordinators.

Participation In Youth Programs Enrollment Attendance And Engagement

Author: Heather B. Weiss
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
ISBN: 9780787980535
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This timely volume proposes that to fully understand, and then intervene to improve participation in out-of-school (OST) programs, issues of access, enrollment, and engagement must be considered, and in the context of program quality. Contributing authors unpack the construct of participation, posing a three-part equation, participation = enrollment + attendance + engagement, and examine these three critical components of overall participation in out-of-school time programs. Chapters provide research-based strategies on how to increase participation, and how to define, measure, and study it, drawing from the latest developmental research and evaluation literature. Volume editors Heather B. Weiss, Priscilla M. D. Little, and Suzanne M. Bouffard outline the main theme with an introductory review of participation as a three-part construct of enrollment, attendance, and engagement and show how this understanding of participation can help stakeholders to maximize participation in and benefits from programs. Other contributors discuss research in OST from the perspective of youth; similarities and differences in participation and outcomes across social ecologies; how youth and family characteristics can identify which youth are most likely to participate in organized activities; recruitment and retention strategies for OST programs; measuring attendance in OST programs; and encouraging progression from attendance to active engagement The editors and contributors to this volume provide compelling information that encourages practitioners, researchers and evaluators, policymakers, and funders, all working to improve the lives of young people through regular, meaningful attendance in the diverse set of out-of-school time programs operating throughout this country, to better understand participation—and how to use that understanding to increase enrollment, measure and sustain attendance, and engage young people to reap the full benefits of “being there.” This is the 105th volume of the Jossey-Bass quarterly report series New Directions for Youth Development. Click here to view the entire catalog of New Directions for Youth Development titles.