Douglas Perkins
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The adolescents, life context, and school project: youth voice and civic participation.

Dallago L, Cristini F, Perkins DD, Nation M, Santinello M
J Prev Interv Community. 2010 38 (1): 41-54

PMID: 20391053 · DOI:10.1080/10852350903393434

The Adolescents, Life Context, & School project was developed in a suburban, residential area of Padova, Italy, and involved three classes of 12-year-old children. Across three months, children observed, documented, and talked about their own life contexts in order to voice problems to decision makers. Both teachers and council members played key roles in supporting the project and the children's work. Limited quantitative results showed an increase in reported neighborhood civic responsibility compared to a control group of students. Qualitative evaluation results demonstrated strong interest. The involvement by teachers, local government, and students in the project led to real actions and improvements in the neighborhood and school and to the creation of an official youth affairs council. The program provides a model for service-learning and organized student civic engagement.

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Adolescent Adolescent Behavior Child Community Participation Female Humans Italy Male Program Development Program Evaluation Psychometrics Schools Surveys and Questionnaires

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