ERIC Number: ED198292
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
The Ecology of Youth Participation in Work Settings: Implications for Linking Home, School, and Work for Facilitating Communication Between Youth and Adults. Technical Report.
Coleman, Deborah Dye; Beckman, Carol A.
This technical report details all phases of a study to explore how an ecological perspective in human development, as conceptualized by Urie Bronfenbrenner, could be used as an analytic framework for discerning patterns of relationships among the environments of home, school, and work and resulting implications for youth development. (A summary is available as CE 027 940.) Chapter 1 reviews the problem and relevant literature. Chapter 2 discusses the adaptation of the ecological model by developing three hypotheses and defining elements of linkage between settings in terms of variables which could be defined in operational terms, quantified, and tested statistically. Chapter 3 presents data analyses taking into account demographic characteristics of surveyed youth to test for patterns of relationship among elements of their ecological environment and scores on the dependent measures. These observations are reported: (1) environments in which youth form relations with adults and personal characteristics account for a portion of variance in scores on the dependent variables; (2) the independent variables appear to predict how youth perceive adults and relate to them; and (3) personal characteristics, characteristics of home environment, and outside experiences contribute to youths' ease with adults. Chapter 4 contains recommendations for research and implications for policy. Questionnaires and additional tables are appended. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adults, Career Education, Communication (Thought Transfer), Ecological Factors, Ecology, Educational Environment, Environmental Influences, Family Environment, High School Students, High Schools, Individual Development, Interaction, Interpersonal Relationship, Student Attitudes, Student Participation, Work Environment, Work Experience, Youth
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.