An influence among influences: the perceived influence contribution scale development and use

Date: 
Monday, April 25, 2022
Resource Type:
Peer-reviewed article | Research Products
Environment Type: 
Public Programs, Summer and Extended Camps
Audience: 
Youth/Teen (up to 17) | Families | Educators/Teachers | Museum/ISE Professionals | Learning Researchers
Discipline: 
Ecology, forestry, and agriculture | Education and learning science
Organization:
COSI, WCS
Description: 

Many youth programs seek to understand their influence over time on participant outcomes. This paper offers a methodology for measuring a participant’s perception of a program’s contribution amid their perception of other youth influences such as those from family, school, peer groups, hobbies, and other organized activities. The instrument built on the large body of work on youth influences in order to capture the dominant factors in development of the item bank. In addition to item development, the paper documents face validity followed by content assessment of items using a research panel, a principal component analysis using a second panel, and a full pilot with older teens in other summer intensive programs. The scale’s implementation for baseline and annual follow-up measures of an intensive summer research experience revealed stable and high relative contribution to older teen participants’ academic and career decision making over time. The final scale includes 19 items in 6 factors of family & religion; interests organized by others; adult responsibilities; school; arts; and interests organized by self. The scale proved to be responsive to changes in influences while remaining stable over time

Funder(s): 
NSF
Funding Program: 
AISL
Award Number: 
1421017
Funding Amount: 
577573
Funder(s): 
NSF
Funding Program: 
AISL
Award Number: 
1421019
Funding Amount: 
568271
Citation
DOI:
10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2022.102091
Publication Name: 
Evaluation and Program Planning
Volume: 
92
Page Number: 
102091

Team Members

Jason AloisioJason AloisioAuthor

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