Toward Positive Youth Development Transforming Schools and Community Programs

ISBN-10: 0195327896
ISBN-13: 9780195327892
Edition: 2008
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List price: $56.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/10/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 9.20" wide x 6.40" long x 1.30" tall
Weight: 1.540

Social settings have enormous power to promote or hinder positive youth development. Researchers and practitioners know a great deal about features of schools and programs for youth that affect development, but much less about how to transform settings to bring about these desirable features. This book shows how to harness the power of settings. It shifts the debate from simply enhancing youth outcomes at the individual level to improving the settings of youths' daily lives. The book offers researchers and practitioners blueprints for creating and changing influential settings including classrooms, schools, universities, out-of-school time programs, ethnic systems of supplementary education, and other community-based programs. Leading scholars in psychology, education, human development, sociology, anthropology, economics, law, and public policy discuss a wide array of social change strategies, and describe how to measure key features of settings as a target and guide for change. The authors also demonstrate how larger social structures - such as school districts, community coalitions, community data resources - can support change. Many of the chapters describe ways to make settings work for all youth, including those marginalized by reason of race, ethnicity, social class, or sexual orientation. Toward Positive Youth Development will guide researchers, educators, administrators and policy makers to improve schools and youth programs for all of America's youth.

John Whelen is a tudor and research assistant in the faculty of education at Monash University, Australia.

Changing Classrooms
Building Capacity for Positive Youth Development in Secondary School Classrooms: Changing Teachers' Interactions With Students
Changing Classroom Social Settings Through Attention to Norms
Classroom Settings as Targets of Intervention and Research
Changing Schools
Schools That Actualize High Expectations for All Youth: Theory for Setting Change and Setting Creation
An Intervention in Progress: Pursuing Precision in School Race Talk
Enhancing Representation, Retention, and Achievement of Minority Students in Higher Education: A Social Transformation Theory of Change
The School Climate for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Students
Whole-School Change
Changing Community Organizations
Building the Capacity of Small Community-Based Organizations to Better Serve Youth
Quality Accountability: Improving Fidelity of Broad Developmentally Focused Interventions
Altering Patterns of Relationship and Participation: Youth Organizing as a Setting-Level Intervention
The Ethnic System of Supplementary Education: Nonprofit and For-Profit Institutions in Los Angeles' Chinese Immigrant Community
Changing Larger Social Structures
Socioeconomic School Integration
The Co-Construction of Educational Reform: The Intersection of Federal, State, and Local Contexts
Using Community Epidemiologic Data to Improve Social Settings: The Communities That Care Prevention System
The Youth Data Archive: Integrating Data to Assess Social Settings in a Societal Sector Framework
Cross-Cutting Themes: Strategies for Measurement and Intervention
Measuring and Improving Program Quality: Reliability and Statistical Power
Improving Youth-Serving Social Settings: Intervention Goals and Strategies for Schools, Youth Programs, and Communities

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