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Toward Positive Youth Development: Transforming Schools and Community Programs

Marybeth Shinn and Hirokazu Yoshikawa


This book examines how to improve social settings in order to foster positive youth development. Each chapter describes a theory of intervention and specific exemplars of strategies to transform settings where youth live, learn, work, and play, as a route to individual change. Chapters consider settings such as classrooms, schools, universities, out-of-school-time programs, community-based programs focused on health or youth-empowerment, programs for supplementary education for immigrant youth, and youth-organizing efforts. Other chapters examine how broader contexts such as school districts, ... More

Keywords: positive youth development, social setting, intervention, social policy, assessment, classroom, school, community program, marginalized youth, multi-disciplinary

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195327892
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327892.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marybeth Shinn, editor
New York University

Hirokazu Yoshikawa, editor
Harvard Graduate School of Education

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Chapter 1 Introduction

Marybeth Shinn, and Hirokazu Yoshikawa

Part I Changing Classrooms

Chapter 4 Classroom Settings as Targets of Intervention and Research

Stephanie M. Jones, Joshua L. Brown, and J. Lawrence Aber

Part II Changing Schools

Chapter 9 Whole-School Change

Laura M. Desimone

Part III Changing Community Organizations

Part IV Changing Larger Social Structures

Part V Cross-Cutting Themes: Strategies for Measurement and Intervention

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