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ERIC Number: ED280151
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Pages: 5
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Promote "Connections" for Young Adolescents.
Jacoby, Monica
Updating School Board Policies, v18 n4 p1-3 Apr 1987
The emotional, social, intellectual, and physical needs of young people from 10 to 15 years old are being increasingly recognized in the schools, but the activities of these students after school are just beginning to be considered in terms of their effects on adolescents' academic and personal growth. Early in 1985, the University of North Carolina's Center for Early Adolescence embarked on a project titled "School Improvement and After-School Programs: Making the Connection." The center's staff members visited Detroit, Indianapolis, Louisville, Memphis, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and San Antonio to discuss with school administrators and community leaders the benefits and problems of existing or potential collaborative efforts between schools and community agencies. Although each district's attitude was unique, the researchers found agreement that schools and community agencies can work effectively together, that establishing connections between schools and after-school programs can foster middle-grade students' educational and social development, that collaborative efforts can help adolescents become contributing members of their communities, and that these programs can also bring parents into the schools. The greatest barriers to these efforts involved money, transportation, facility use and staffing, parent support, and coordination. Examples from the districts illustrate creative efforts to resolve these difficulties. (PGD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A