Monday, March 14, 2011

A Crosswalk Between the LIA Learning Principles and Afterschool Quality Measurement Tools

By Sam Piha

During the roll out of the Learning in Afterschool project, several afterschool leaders asked how the Learning in Afterschool learning principles correspond to afterschool quality measurement tools that are currently being used in the field. In response, we offer this paper, which identifies the overlap between the learning principles promoted by the Learning in Afterschool project with six program quality measurement tools.

Through this comparison, authors Sam Piha and Corey Newhouse establish the strong relationship between the Learning in Afterschool learning principles and what you would expect to see in a quality afterschool program. This paper identifies which learning principles are most aligned with program quality measurement tools and which seem to be absent from the quality equation. 

To view a copy of A Crosswalk Between the Learning in Afterschool Learning Principles and Afterschool Quality Measurement Tools, click here

For an excellent review of well-tested afterschool program quality tools, see Measuring Youth Program Quality by Nicole Yohalem and Alicia Wilson-Ahlstrom.

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