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ERIC Number: EJ901922
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-1097-6736
Critical Development? Using a Critical Theory Lens to Examine the Current Role of Evaluation in the Youth-Development Field
Zeller-Berkman, Sarah
New Directions for Evaluation, n127 p35-44 Fall 2010
A critical theory lens is used to explore the role of evaluation in youth development, a field aimed at recognizing youth as assets. A theory of change in the field is questioned for its emphasis on individual youth outcomes as programmatic outcome measures. A review of 209 evaluations of 131 programs in the Harvard Family Research Project's Out-of-School Time Program Research and Evaluation Database reveals an overemphasis on individual gains related to academic achievement or youth development and a lack of attention to community- or systems-level outcomes. The author posits that a critical approach would press evaluators to be intentional about what they measure and how in order to challenge the status quo for young people. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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