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ERIC Number: ED507089
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 105
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 79
A Circle of Learning: Children and Adults Growing Together in LA's BEST. CRESST Report 758
Huang, Denise; La Torre, Deborah; Duong, Nikki; Huber, Lindsay Perez; Leon, Seth; Oh, Christine
National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST)
Afterschool programs offer an important avenue for enhancing educational opportunities. Federal, state, and local educational authorities increasingly see them as environments to improve attitudes toward school, achievement, and academic performance (Fashola, 2002; Hollister, 2003) with higher levels of student participation and engagement in these programs correlated to even greater improvements (Huang, Leon, La Torre, & Mostafavi, 2008; Mahoney, Lord, & Carryl, 2005). This is particularly true among low-performing, underserved, or at-risk students who can benefit greatly from additional academic help and social support (Afterschool Alliance, 2003; Munoz, 2002). However, not all programs are equally effective, and no program can be effective if students only attend sporadically (Granger & Kane, 2004). Research has suggested that student engagement in afterschool programs--as indicated by their sense of belonging to and their interest in the programs--may be an important contributor to the program's influence on their achievement, behaviors (Arbreton et al., 2008), and regular attendance (Finn, 1992). Consequently, federal, state, and private organizations including the Verizon Foundation have provided ample financial support to afterschool programs in recent years. Six appendices are included: (1) Student Survey; (2) Observation Protocol; (3) Demonstration Site Interview Protocol; (4) Comparison Site Interview Protocol; (5) Sample Summer Training Schedule; and (6) Program Activities by Type and Site. (Contains 16 tables and 27 footnotes.) [This report was supported by grant number 021891 from LA's BEST.]
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing
Identifiers - Location: California