ERIC Number: ED343283
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: 0
Indiana Youth Poll: Youths' Views of High School Life.
Erickson, Judith B.; Lefstein, Leah M., Ed.
Findings from a study of junior and high school students' views of Indiana school life are presented in this report. The Indiana Youth Poll was administered to a total of 1,560 students from 204 public and 293 private schools in two stages: (1) to individuals; and (2) to discussion groups of 3 to 6 students. Chapter 1 explores students' views about school climate--their likes and dislikes--and the second chapter examines what they are learning in terms of curriculum and personal, social, and life skills. Students' assessments of their schools are described in chapter 3, and dropout and attendance problems are discussed in the fourth chapter. Students assign grades to their schools in the fifth chapter and report their participation in extracurricular activities in chapter 6. Overall, boredom and pressure were two common themes. Findings point to the importance of the teacher/student role and perceptions of curriculum as irrelevant. Appendices include questions for further discussion, copies of the individual and group questionnaires, and 10 blueprints for healthy child development. (15 endnotes) (LMI)
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Educational Environment, Educational Quality, High Schools, Student Attitudes, Student Reaction, Student School Relationship, Teacher Student Relationship
Indiana Youth Institute, 333 N. Alabama, Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46204 ($7.50 plus $2.50 postage and handling).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indiana Youth Inst., Indianapolis.