The scholarships of discovery (empirical research) and application (community-based practice) are alone insufficient in creating the types of valid and relevant information necessary to understand and promote youth development as it occurs in community context. Discovery and application need to be complemented by the scholarship of integration--scholarship that brings together research and practice not only in terms of purpose and content but also method and process, to construct shared knowledge and understanding. Based on this premise and consistent with the mission of Applied Developmental Science, the editors hope to contribute to the field of positive youth development by highlighting knowledge about the ecology of adolescent development, as well as interest and commitment among researchers and practitioners to work together.
Volume 4, Number 1, 2000
Contents: S. Zeldin, Integrating Research and Practice to Understand and Strengthen Communities for Adolescent Development: An Introduction to the Special Issue. L. Camino, Youth-Adult Partnerships: Entering New Territory in Community Work and Research. M. Kreuger, Presence, Fear, Curiosity and Other Themes in Community Youth Work. S. Oden, How Researchers Can Support Community Efforts for Change: Illustrations from Two Evaluations. R. Ashcraft, Where Youth Work Preparation Meets Higher Education: Perspectives from an American Humanics Campus Program. W. Wheeler, Emerging Organizational Theory and the Youth Development Organization. D. Johnson, Disentangling Poverty and Race.