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Title:Online program development for youth: a qualitative analysis of online program content, instruction, and implementation
Author(s):Bowers, Jill
Director of Research:Ebata, Aaron T.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Ebata, Aaron T.
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Hughes, Robert; Wiley, Angela R.; Diaz, Lisa Bouillion
Department / Program:Human & Community Development
Discipline:Human & Community Development
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Online program development
computer-mediated education
Internet-based education
emerging adults
positive youth development
Abstract:Although many practitioners have turned to the Internet as a viable means of reaching youth with their programs, there is little research on how and when youth engage with online educational resources. The present study employed a grounded theory design to gain an understanding of how practitioners can develop online programs that engage youth. Participants completed face-to-face interviews (n = 27) and reviewed two online programs that addressed relationship education (n = 22), which provided the foundation for the analysis of how youth’s preferences for online program characteristics are linked to their online program exposure and ongoing participation. The analysis resulted in a four stage model of engaging youth in online programs, with a focus on the types of content, or topics (i.e., work/careers, social skills), technological tools (i.e., social networking platforms, videos), and delivery style (i.e., entertaining, opportunities to give/receive feedback) preferred by older adolescents. Implications center on the types of content (e.g., work/careers, social skills, relationships, media literacy) and delivery modes (e.g., the different instructional pathways for the various topics covered) that practitioners should consider. Additionally, future research that quantitatively examines the four-stage model and individuality among youth, or qualitatively allows youth to be a part of the program development and evaluation process is discussed.
Issue Date:2013-05-24
Rights Information:Copyright 2013 Jill Bowers
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-05-24
Date Deposited:2013-05

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