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Akhavan, Nancy; Emery, Ryan; Shea, Ginger; Taha-Resnick, Adria – Educational Forum, 2017
The study is a mixed-methods investigation of how urban schools are succeeding. The study surveyed 28 former students from urban schools in Oxnard, California. The qualitative responses represent themes that align to a high level of school connectedness and social-emotional learning (SEL) as key indicators of a successful urban school district.…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, School Effectiveness, Effective Schools Research, Mixed Methods Research
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Green, Rex S.; Ellis, Peter T. – Evaluation and Program Planning, 2007
The California Youth Connection obtained funding from two foundations to evaluate the performance of group homes serving foster youth in Alameda County, California, in order to inform state policy-making. The evaluation team initially included 14 foster youth that personally experienced group home living. Three inter-related aspects of service…
Descriptors: Audits (Verification), Independent Living, Group Homes, Foster Care
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Wray-Lake, Laura; Sloper, Michelle A. – Applied Developmental Science, 2016
Civic engagement is an important marker of thriving among adolescents, and more research is needed that clarifies the ecological assets (positive supports across settings) that foster youth civic engagement. Simultaneously modeling associations between multiple ecological assets and civic behaviors can provide a nuanced view of the way…
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Volunteers, Political Attitudes, Correlation
Furlong, Michael J.; Ritchey, Kristin M.; O'Brennan, Lindsey M. – California School Psychologist, 2009
Resilience and other positive psychological constructs are gaining attention among school psychologists. Theoretically, external assets (e.g., support from caring adults, participation in meaningful activities) help to meet youths' basic developmental needs, which, in turn, promote the growth of internal assets (e.g., ability to problem solve,…
Descriptors: School Psychologists, Surveys, Psychometrics, Evaluation
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Travis, Raphael – Child & Youth Care Forum, 2010
The current study explored attributions made by youth work professionals ("workers") in out-of-school time (OST) programs about the social circumstances of and perceived need of program youth. It followed prior research examining impacts of worker-level attributions on decision-making in service delivery. Two types of OST programs were…
Descriptors: Attribution Theory, Participant Observation, After School Programs, Youth Programs
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Hinojosa, T.; Bos, J.; O'Brien, B.; Park, S.; Liu, F.; Jerabek, A. – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2016
Students beginning high school commonly experience increased stress and behavior problems alongside declines in grades, attendance, interest in school, and perceptions of academic competence and self-esteem (Alvidrez & Weinstein, 1993; Reyes et al., 2000). Moreover, research indicates that, relative to students who graduate from high school,…
Descriptors: Randomized Controlled Trials, Grade 9, High School Students, Program Effectiveness
Corsello, Maryann; Sharma, Anu; Jerabek, Angela – Grantee Submission, 2015
Ninth grade is a pivotal year for students. Numerous studies find that academic performance in 9th grade often sets the student's trajectory throughout the high school years, as well as the probability of graduation. The Building Assets Reducing Risks (BARR) model is a comprehensive approach that addresses developmental, academic, and school…
Descriptors: Grade 9, High School Students, Transitional Programs, Experimental Groups
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Jimerson, Shane R.; Sharkey, Jill D.; O'Brien, Kathryn M.; Furlong, Michael J. – Education and Treatment of Children, 2004
This study aims to advance our understanding of the assessment of numerous factors associated with recidivism among females and males involved in the juvenile justice system. In particular, this study examined the reliability (i.e., inter-rater) and validity (i.e., construct, criterion, and predictive) of the Santa Barbara Assets and Risks…
Descriptors: Risk, Recidivism, Predictive Validity, Interrater Reliability