Award Date

May 2017

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Public Policy and Leadership

First Committee Member

Cecilia Maldonado

Second Committee Member

LeAnn G. Putney

Third Committee Member

Tiffany G. Tyler

Fourth Committee Member

Stefani R. Relles

Number of Pages

269

Abstract

This explanatory qualitative study investigated the perspectives of participant’s and practitioner’s perceived barriers to success and the necessary navigational expertise for overcoming the identified barriers. This multiple-case study research design examined three WIA out-of-school youth workforce development programs in Southern Nevada, with out-of-school youth participants as the embedded units of analysis. Padilla’s (2009) Expert Model of Student Success was selected as the conceptual framework for this study. A qualitative survey was the research method applied using the unfolding matrix technique with participant focus groups for data collection. Individual interviews were also incorporated for additional data acquisition. The methods selected for analysis of the data were taxonomies, thematic maps, and concept modeling. In addition, cross-case analysis led to the development of localized conceptual models of participant success. Strategies enhancing credibility, consistency and transferability were employed to increase the trustworthiness of the findings.

Keywords

out-of-school youth; Southern Nevada; WIA youth programs; youth barriers; youth workforce development

Disciplines

Education

Language

English


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