Work and play in the information age: Technology utilization in Boys & Girls Clubs of America

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Work and play in the information age: Technology utilization in Boys & Girls Clubs of America

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dc.contributor.author Sullivan, Joseph
dc.contributor.author Vander Leest, Tricia
dc.contributor.author Gordon, Andrew
dc.date.accessioned 2010-11-20T21:05:34Z
dc.date.available 2010-11-20T21:05:34Z
dc.date.issued 2008-11
dc.identifier.citation Sullivan, J., Vander Leest, T., & Gordon, A. (2008). Work and play in the information age: Technology utilization in Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Seattle: Technology & Social Change Group, University of Washington Information School. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1773/16295
dc.description.abstract This research examined technology-related learning opportunities for children at Boys & Girls Clubs. It considers Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) technology programs within the larger context of afterschool programs and for preparing youth for the 21st century workforce. The findings illustrate ways that specific programs introduce and enhance technical skills, promote internet savvy, and build computer fluency while simultaneously reinforcing core social-development outcomes. Research included observations at 38 clubs across 15 organizations in four states, selected to cover a wide range of resource levels and program designs. Open-ended interviews were conducted with 86 key actors. We observed and informally interacted with many current and former club members and parents. This research findings include the following highlights: (1) Technology is used widely in Boys & Girls Clubs, (2) The BGCA federation successfully leverages its organizational architecture, (3) Technology programs promote learning, (4) Technology programs support positive socialization, and (5) Challenges persist. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship This research was supported by a grant from Microsoft Community Affairs, under the Unlimited Potential Community Technology Skills Program. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA) en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries TASCHA Research Report;
dc.subject youth en_US
dc.subject public access computing en_US
dc.subject community informatics en_US
dc.subject information and communication technologies en_US
dc.title Work and play in the information age: Technology utilization in Boys & Girls Clubs of America en_US
dc.type Technical Report en_US


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