Effects of after-school program attendance dosage on academic outcomes and teacher ratings for elementary school children
Kim, Joonsung Joshua
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After school programs have long been studied to evaluate their effects. It is generally agreed upon that high quality programs benefit academic, behavior, and socio-emotional outcomes. However, research has been less clear on the interaction between levels of attendance in the program and such outcomes. The current study used data from southeastern after school programs to evaluate the effects of attendance on academic outcomes and teacher ratings on fourth grade students. The study found the high attendance group only differed from the low attendance group on teacher ratings of improvement in academic performance and improvement in getting along well with others. The results are compared to prior literature and implications for practice and future directions are discussed.