ERIC Number: ED327269
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jul
Afterschool Arrangements in Middle Childhood: A Review of the Literature. Action Research Paper No. 2.
Miller, Beth Midzik; Marx, Fern
This paper reviews the literature on the effects of what children do with their time out of school and the impact of various care arrangements. Much of the research has focused on "latchkey children": children who care for themselves. In this paper, a summary of the research findings on the latchkey group is followed by a review of what is known about children in arrangements that are supervised by adults. Methodological limitations and disparate results preclude the drawing of definitive conclusions from the studies. In spite of this, the continued proliferation of school-age programs makes it imperative that current knowledge of child development and the effects of child care arrangements be used to define and measure the indicators of quality child care for school-age children. Sections concern: (1) research on school-age children; (2) children in self-care; (3) programs for children in self-care; (4) school-age child care programs; (5) definitions of program quality in school-age child care; and (6) lessons for program evaluation, including methodological issues and suggestions for future research. A list of 90 references is included. (RH)
Descriptors: Definitions, Educational Quality, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Emotional Experience, Individual Development, Latchkey Children, Literature Reviews, Outcomes of Education, Program Evaluation, Research Methodology, Research Needs, School Age Day Care, Well Being
SACC Publications, Wellesley College Center for Research on Women, Wellesley, MA 02181 ($6.50, plus $3.00 shipping and handling).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wellesley Coll., MA. Center for Research on Women.; Yale Univ., New Haven, CT. Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy.