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ERIC Number: EJ791748
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-1533-8916
Summer Learning Programs and Student Success in the Global Economy
Smink, Jeffrey D.
New Directions for Youth Development, n116 p35-48 Win 2007
In the United States and around the rest of the world, there is a renewed focus on ensuring that schools are providing students with the skills necessary to compete in the global economy. High-quality summer learning programs are an ideal vehicle to help students gain content knowledge and develop innovative skills: they provide time for individual exploration and hands-on, experiential opportunities that can instill a lifelong love of learning that carries into the classroom and the workforce. This article provides an overview of the role and importance of education and out-of-school time in the global economy and of strategies employed by several countries to boost competitiveness, with a focus on the United States. The author discusses key skills necessary for success in the global economy and the ways in which high-quality summer learning programs can uniquely and successfully foster these skills. He argues that strategic investment in high-quality summer learning programs is necessary to help countries compete in the global economy. Despite decades of research on the need for and benefits of such programs, the summer months largely have been ignored by education policymakers, particularly in the United States, as a strategy to close the achievement gap and support youth development. (Contains 22 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Brazil; Spain; United Kingdom; United States