Moving Beyond Relationships Matter: An Overview of One Organization’s Work in Progress

Kent Pekel

Abstract


Several recent and important reviews of the research on the science of learning and development extensively discuss the power of developmental relationships, but do not provide readers with information or insight on how to build those relationships. The author describes the effort that Search Institute has underway to fill the gap in both research and practice to identify steps that youth-serving organizations can take to create close connections that help young people be and become their best selves.


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Developmental relationships; science of learning and development; Aspen Institute National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development; Promise of Adolescence; Search Institute

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5195/jyd.2019.909

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