ERIC Number: ED335609
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
The Impacts of Teenage Employment: Teachers' Perceptions Versus Student Realities.
Goldstein, Marc B.
There has been considerable debate regarding the consequences of students working part time while attending school. This study was conducted to compare teachers' perceptions of work impacts with other measures of students' academic performance and involvement. Surveys were completed by 172 high school students and 47 teachers and administrators. Students were surveyed on work history, work climate, use of earnings or allowance, attitudes toward school, participation in extracurricular activities, health, and alcohol and tobacco use. Teachers and administrators gave their perceptions of the impacts of outside student employment in the areas of student personal development, classroom performance, involvement in extracurricular activities, the value of their employment to the larger community, and the teachers' classroom behavior. The results revealed that, despite teachers' generally negative expectations, no significant differences were found between student workers and nonworkers on grade point average or involvement in extracurricular activities. Teachers' expectations of students and grading standards appeared to have declined in the face of increased student employment and this may contribute to the negative findings. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (99th, San Francisco, CA, August 16-20, 1991).