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The Out-of-School Learning Landscape: A Pathway to Self-Determination and Career Discernment for Adolescent Youth

PETRO-OTT, PAMELA (2020) The Out-of-School Learning Landscape: A Pathway to Self-Determination and Career Discernment for Adolescent Youth. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The Out of School Learning landscape continues to be an emerging ecosystem of learning, particularly for the adolescent population. While the focus for elementary school-aged youth has often been on after-school programming offering safety, supervision, and homework help, research has indicated that this approach is not equally successful for the middle- and high school populations (Mahoney, Parente, & Zigler, 2009). Peer-reviewed literature pertaining to advances in the understanding of adolescent development, and theories of self-determination and career discernment are discussed in relation to adolescent engagement in programming. Results of a landscape study on Out-of-School and After-School programs for adolescents (aged 13-19), conducted within the geographic boundaries of a capital city school district in South Carolina, is summarized. Together these data provide a snapshot of opportunities available to adolescent youth, as well as identify content and geographic gaps that make the Out-of-School Learning landscape less accessible to this demographic at a time when it could be most beneficial.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
PETRO-OTT, PAMELADrPetro.Ott@gmail.compjp510000-0002-7767-3268
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairCrowley, Kcrowleyk@pitt.eduCROWLEYK
Committee MemberRussell, Jennifer Linjrussel@pitt.eduJRUSSEL
Committee MemberTananis, Cynthiatananis@pitt.eduTANANIS
Date: 2 September 2020
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 29 June 2020
Approval Date: 2 September 2020
Submission Date: 7 August 2020
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 82
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Learning Sciences and Policy
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Profile of South Carolina Graduate, Personal Pathways to Success, SC EEDA 2005, Brokering, Experiential Learning, Individual Graduation Plan, Community Engagement, Youth Citizenship, Community Development, Community-centric Programs, Youth Employment Skills, Adolescent Workforce Development, Career Pathways, Intrinsic Motivation, Landscape Study, Social Cognitive Career Theory, Teen Voice, PEAR Institute, Dimensions of Success, STEM Program Evaluation, OSL, Out-of-School, After-School, Competence, Autonomy, Relatedness, Belonging, Program Design
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Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2020 15:31
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2020 15:31


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