ERIC Number: ED468042
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
Educating America's Youth: What Makes a Difference. Child Trends Research Brief.
Redd, Zakia; Brooks, Jennifer; McGarvey, Ayelish M.
Because an educated workforce is recognized as essential to ensuring competitiveness in a global economy, it is considered an issue of national concern how teens in the United States are faring educationally, especially compared with teens worldwide. This research brief summarizes the key findings from a larger review of more than 300 research studies on educational adjustment, educational achievement, and educational attainment. The brief first considers factors such as parental involvement and teens participation in extracurricular activities that can influence educational adjustment, achievement, and attainment from the vantage point of adolescents themselves as well as within the contexts of their families, peers, school, and community. The brief then describes programs that have been found successful in enhancing teens educational success, including high-quality early childhood programs, mentoring programs, and programs aimed at boosting academic outcomes. Suggestions for improving such programs are provided. A What Works summary table details some of the programs and approaches most likely to succeed in enhancing youths academic progress. Although focusing primarily on programs that have been experimentally evaluated, the brief also includes some promising practices drawing on non-experimental and quasi-experimental evaluations as well as practitioners wisdom. (Contains 83 references.) (Author/KB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adolescents, Educational Attainment, Educational Quality, Expectation, Extracurricular Activities, Parent Student Relationship, Program Descriptions, Program Improvement, Secondary Education, Student Adjustment
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Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Miami, FL.
Authoring Institution: Child Trends, Inc., Washington, DC.