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Fostering Positive Youth Development Through Work-Based Learning: The Cristo Rey Model


by Janine Bempechat, Maureen Kenny, David L. Blustein & Joanne Seltzer — 2014

This chapter presents findings of a three-year longitudinal study of academic motivation and school engagement among low-income high school students enrolled in a corporate work–study program. Our findings demonstrate ways in which the workplace functioned for students as a conduit of emotional resources, offering instrumental support from caring and competent adults, knowledge about the connection between work and school, and an opportunity to occupy the essential adult role of worker.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 113, No. 1


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 116 Number 13, 2014, p. 232-252
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18333, Date Accessed: 4/27/2017 2:35:45 PM

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  • Janine Bempechat
    Wheelock College
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    JANINE BEMPECHAT is a professor of psychology and human development at Wheelock College whose research interests include achievement motivation and academic success in low income students and ethnic, cultural, and family influences in the development of achievement beliefs. Recent publications include “Parental Influences in Achievement Motivation and School Engagement” (with D. S. Shernoff) for the recent (2012) Handbook of Research on Student Engagement and “Learning Together: The Educational Experiences of Adolescents in Moscow” (with A. Mirny, J. Li, K. Wenk, and S. Holloway) for the recent (2011) volume Research on Sociocultural Influences on Motivation and Learning Volume X, Sociocultural Theories of Learning and Motivation: Looking Back, Looking Forward.
  • Maureen Kenny
    Boston College
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    MAUREEN KENNY is interim dean in the Boston College Lynch School of Education and professor in the Department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology. Her research interests include the design and evaluation of interventions for promoting academic, career, and social–emotional development among urban youth. Recent publications include “Relational Influences in Career Development” (with M. B. Medvide) in Career Development and Counseling, Putting Theory and Research to Work (2013), “Prevention in Pursuit of Social Justice” (with M. B. Medvide) in The Oxford Handbook of Prevention in Counseling Psychology (2013), and (with L. Walsh-Blair) “Educational Development: Applications” in the 2012 APA Handbook of Counseling Psychology, Volume 2, Practice, Interventions, and Applications.
  • David Blustein
    Boston College
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    DAVID L. BLUSTEIN is a professor and the coordinator of the Mental Health Counseling program at Boston College whose interests include the psychology of working, work-based transitions, unemployment, poverty, and career development. He is the author of The Psychology of Working: A New Perspective for Counseling, Career Development, and Public Policy and the editor of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of the Psychology of Working.
  • Joanne Seltzer
    Curry College
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    JOANNE SELTZER is a professor and the coordinator of the Undergraduate Teacher Preparation Program at Curry College. Her interests include curriculum design and development, pedagogical influences on student learning, and mentoring preservice teachers. Recent presentations include “Achievement Motivation Among Urban Adolescents: Work Hope, Autonomy Support, and Achievement-Related Beliefs” (with M. Kenny, L. Y. Walsh-Blair, D. L Blustein, and J. Bempechat) in the Journal of Vocational Behavior.
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