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ERIC Number: EJ906003
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1085-5300
An Afterschool Program for Economically Disadvantaged Youth: Perceptions of Parents, Staff, and Students
Hall, Katrina W.; Williams, Lunetta M.; Daniel, Larry G.
Research in the Schools, v17 n1 p12-28 Spr 2010
The present study investigated perceived effects of an afterschool program located in 6 Title 1 schools on students' achievement, self-esteem, and attitudes. Data sources comprised surveys (n = 257), 5 focus groups (n= 23), and an individual interview with the program director (n = 1). Survey data indicated overall satisfaction with the program. Perceptions of the program related strongly to student perceptions of personal and social variables. Parent perceptions did not vary across student participation levels, and differences in staff philosophies of education were unrelated to perceptions of program quality. Focus group data indicated that participants viewed the program as a safe haven and a means to improve academic and social skills. Student and parent focus groups indicated fondness for the staff, whereas staff and parent groups mentioned character development as a significant outcome. Findings supported the notion that afterschool programs are valuable to many children, especially those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Additionally, afterschool programs can provide children with more than academic services, such as character development, social skills, and safety. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A