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ERIC Number: EJ867804
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
After-School Programs: Finding the Right Dose
Dietel, Ronald
Phi Delta Kappan, v91 n3 p62-64 Nov 2009
To understand the effects of after-school programs, people need to understand the effects of various "dosages." The Harvard Family Research Project, an agency that devotes considerable resources to the study of after-school programs, recommends three categories for measuring dosage: (1) "intensity"; (2) "duration"; and (3) "breadth." Intensity is the amount of time youth attend a program during a given period. Duration is the history of attendance, often expressed as the number of total years in an after-school program. Breadth of attendance refers to the variety of activities that youth attend within and across programs. Measuring breadth of activities, together with intensity and duration, seems a worthwhile approach to future after-school evaluations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A