Research Connections

OST World: Research Connections

We are excited to launch our new series, OST World: Research Connections. Our inaugural issue features Dr. Karl Alexander, one of our SIG's founding members and an author of a new book, The Long Shadow: Family Background, Disadvantaged Urban Youth, and the Transition to Adulthood (Russell Sage, 2014). 

Issue #1: Dr. Karl Alexander

"In the sea of education research that is AERA, OST represents such a small piece of the pie.  Yet more and more, educators and policymakers are realizing the impact the OST space can have on student achievement. I feel it’s critical for all of us in this small subfield to be as connected as possible such that we can leverage what we are learning from one another to best serve our students in this unique learning environment." - Katie Brohawn, Director of Research, TASC

"I joined the OST SIG because it brings together two of my central areas of emphasis and interest - research on learning & development and the role of community opportunities for expanded learning.  The SIG is a terrific peer group with strong and interesting discussions, papers, and stimulating idea." - Dale Blyth, Extension Professor in the College of Education and Human Development, the Howland Endowed Chair in Youth Development Leadership, and a Senior Research Fellow with the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement at the University of Minnesota