ERIC Number: ED229558
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Helping Youth Become More Responsible.
Owens, Thomas R.
Students and teachers at a suburban high school in Oregon and employers associated with cooperative work experience (CWE) and experience-based career education (EBCE) programs were interviewed regarding youth responsibility. Specific focuses were perceptions about the meaning of responsibility, youth attitudes regarding being given adult responsibility, kinds of student responsibilities, elements of the school and workplace contributing to or reducing the opportunity for young people to demonstrate responsible behavior, and ways to modify school and workplace settings to enhance responsible behavior. Students felt responsible persons were reliable, trustworthy, and dependable. Teachers indicated responsible students used time well and were punctual. Employers' ideas of a responsible worker centered on punctuality, self-initiative, and loyalty. Students perceived the greatest help in becoming a responsible person as coming from home, work, and school, in that order. Students rated themselves as most responsible at job sites, somewhat lower in the CWE and EBCE programs, and lowest in their regular classes. Staff ratings correlated significantly only with the students' self ratings at the job site. Implications were that teachers, employers, and parents must provide young people with opportunities to make decisions and that effective strategies for developing responsibility in young people should be explored. (YLB)
Descriptors: Accountability, Adolescents, Behavior Development, Career Education, Cooperative Education, Decision Making, Educational Research, Employer Attitudes, Experiential Learning, High School Students, High Schools, Individual Development, Interviews, Personality Development, Responsibility, Student Attitudes, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Vocational Education, Work Experience Programs, Youth
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.
Identifiers: Experience Based Career Education
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (67th, Montreal, Canada, April 11-14, 1983).