Erica Van Steenis's research while affiliated with University of California, Irvine and other places

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Many youth worker professional development (PD) efforts tend to focus on individualized skill development, rather than learning as a contextualized phenomenon that impacts youth workers’ everyday experiences in the field. Youth worker learning is fundamentally embedded in a broader ecosystem of programs, institutions, and systems that influence how...
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Youth workers are educators who play an essential role in the social, emotional, and academic development of youth in afterschool contexts (Fusco and Gannett, 2012; Pozzoboni and Kirshner, 2016). They build expertise on the job, learning implicit know-how through contextualized and relationally constructed practice and reflection (Polanyi, 1966; Ta...
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In the 21st century, what role does interest play in the organization of equitable learning opportunities for young people? Drawing on a large corpus of interview data from a longitudinal study of fifty-four adolescents involved in interest-driven afterschool activities domestically and abroad, we investigate the role of youths’ interests in their...

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... A review of the literature that focuses on learners' interests, from both a theoretical and an empirical point of view, shows that all definitions share some general assumptions, despite the differences mentioned above. In particular, most of them: (1) assume that interests involve a certain type of relationship between a person and an object of interest (Akkerman & Bakker, 2019;DiGiacomo et al., 2018;Krapp, 2007); (2) refer to behavioral, cognitive, attitudinal, and/ or emotional aspects experienced by the person (Ainley, 2006;Hidi & Renninger, 2006); and (3) highlight the engagement that implies interest in a particular object (Azevedo, 2011;Barron, 2006;Slot et al., 2020;Xu et al., 2012). These common assumptions are related to other concepts such as motivation, engagement, agency, and motives (Hilppö & Stevens, 2021;Järvelä & Renninger, 2014;Renninger & Hidi, 2016), which will not be addressed in this paper because they exceed the focus and extension of our work. ...