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ERIC Number: EJ1178374
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1937-0814
Student Assets and Commitment to Learning in an Afterschool Leadership Development Program: Looking beyond the Myths
Kostina-Ritchey, Erin; Velez-Gomez, Paulina; Dodd, Sara L.
Middle Grades Research Journal, v11 n2 p49-60 2017
The present study is the first reported analysis of participant data from an afterschool leadership development program targeting the elementary to middle school transition for fifth-grade students. Data were collected from 2012 to 2015 from 261 adolescents who self-selected to participate in the afterschool program and provided parental consent/assent; 60% of the sample were female, 24% lived in rural areas, and 33% attended schools in low socioeconomic status (SES) areas. Participants completed the Developmental Assets Profile (Search Institute, 2005) and a demographic questionnaire. Outcomes of interest for the analysis included relationships between sample characteristics (SES; rural vs. nonrural), support and empowerment (external assets), and positive values and commitment to learning (internal assets) Cluster analyses identified 3 distinct groups of high-, average-, and low-asset students. ANOVA found that contrary to what was hypothesized, it is not only high-asset students who self-select to participate in a leadership development program. Moreover, students from high SES schools and urban areas were just as likely to be represented in low-asset subgroups as students from low SES and rural schools.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 5
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Language: English
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