Teenagers teaching younger children can be beneficial to both the children whom they teach and the teens themselves. This qualitative study identified current practices in 14 teens as teachers programs that contribute to positive outcomes for teenaged teachers and the children. Using in-depth individual and group interviews, this study found that complex planning and skilled implementation are requisite in programs with positive outcomes. A dedicated adult who supported teens was found to be the most critical element in successful programs. Other essential elements included active recruitment strategies and a strong curriculum.
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Lee, F. C., & Murdock, S. (2001). Teenagers as Teachers Programs: Ten Essential Elements. The Journal of Extension, 39(1), Article 8. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol39/iss1/8