Toward Positive Youth Development Transforming Schools and Community Programs

Hardcover | April 15, 2008

EditorMarybeth Shinn, Hirokazu Yoshikawa

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Social settings have enormous power to promote or hinder positive youth development. Researchers and practitioners know a great deal about features of schools and programs for youth that affect development, but much less about how to transform settings to bring about these desirable features.This book shows how to harness the power of settings. It shifts the debate from simply enhancing youth outcomes at the individual level to improving the settings of youths' daily lives. The book offers researchers and practitioners blueprints for creating and changing influential settings includingclassrooms, schools, universities, out-of-school time programs, ethnic systems of supplementary education, and other community-based programs. Leading scholars in psychology, education, human development, sociology, anthropology, economics, law, and public policy discuss a wide array of social change strategies, and describe how to measure key features of settings as a target and guide for change. The authors also demonstrate how largersocial structures - such as school districts, community coalitions, community data resources - can support change. Many of the chapters describe ways to make settings work for all youth, including those marginalized by reason of race, ethnicity, social class, or sexual orientation. Toward PositiveYouth Development will guide researchers, educators, administrators and policy makers to improve schools and youth programs for all of America's youth.

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Social settings have enormous power to promote or hinder positive youth development. Researchers and practitioners know a great deal about features of schools and programs for youth that affect development, but much less about how to transform settings to bring about these desirable features.This book shows how to harness the power of ...

Marybeth Shinn is Professor of Applied Psychology and Public Policy at New York University. She received her Ph.D. in social and community psychology from the University of Michigan. Shinn studies how social contexts, including social settings, neighborhoods, socioeconomic circumstances, and social policies, affect individual well-b...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:April 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Marybeth Shinn and Hirokazu Yoshikawa: IntroductionPart 1: Changing Classrooms2. Robert C. Pianta and Joseph P. Allen: Building Capacity for Positive Youth Development in Secondary School Classrooms: Changing Teachers' Interactions with Students3. David B. Henry: Changing Classroom Social Settings Through Attention to Norms4. Stephanie M. Jones, Joshua L. Brown, and J. Lawrence Aber: Classroom Settings as Targets of Intervention and ResearchPart 2: Changing Schools5. Rhona S. Weinstein: Schools that Actualize High Expectations for All Youth Theory for Setting Change and Setting Creating6. Mica Pollock: An Intervention in Progress: Pursuing Precision in School Race Talk7. Kenneth I. Maton, Freeman A. Hrabowski, Metin Ozdemir, and Harriette Wimms: Enhancing Representation, Retention and Achievement of Minority Students in Higher Education: A Social Transformation Theory of Change8. Stephen T. Russell and Jenifer K. McGuire: The School Climate for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Students9. Laura M. Desimone: Whole-School ChangePart 3: Changing Community Organizations10. Robin Lin Miller, Shannon K. E. Kobes, and Jason C. Forney: Building the Capacity of Small Community-Based Organizations to Better Serve Youth11. Charles Smith and Tom Akiva: Quality Accountability: Improving Fidelity of Broad Developmentally Focused Interventions12. Paul W. Speer: Altering Patterns of Relationships and Participation: Organizing as a Setting-Level Intervention13. Min Zhou: The Ethnic System of Supplementary Education: Non-profit and For-profit Institutions in Los Angeles' Chinese Immigrant CommunityPart 4: Changing Larger Social Structures14. Richard D. Kahlenberg: Socioeconomic School Integration15. Amanda Datnow: The Co-Construction of Educational Reform: The Intersection of Federal, State, and Local Contexts16. Abigail A. Fagan, J. David Hawkins, and Richard F. Catalano: Using Community Epidemiologic Data to Improve Social Settings: The Communities that Care Prevention System17. Milbrey McLaughlin and Margaret O'Brien-Strain: The Youth Data Archive: Integrating Data to Assess Social Settings in a Societal Sector FrameworkPart 5. Cross-Cutting Themes: Strategies for Measurement and Intervention18. Andres Martinez and Stephen W. Raudenbush: Measuring and Improving Program Quality: Reliability and Statistical Power19. Hirokazu Yoskikawa and Marybeth Shinn: Improving Youth-Serving Social Settings: Intervention Strategies for Schools, Youth Programs, and Communities