ERIC Number: ED346263
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Indiana Youth Poll: Youths' Views of Life beyond High School.
Erickson, Judith B.
The Indiana Youth Poll examined young people's doubts, hopes, and dreams for the future. Participants responded in two ways: they replied as individuals to a short questionnaire and participated in discussions on open-ended questions. Altogether, 1,560 students from 204 of Indiana's public high schools and from 20 of the 293 private high schools participated. Findings related to students' present employment showed the following: they worked 10-20 hours per week; with age came a steady increase in number of hours worked; there were gender and age differences in jobs reported; and nearly 4 in 10 job-holders saw no relationship between their current jobs and career aspirations. Answers to questions regarding educational and career plans indicated that a majority expected to finish high school; 74.2 percent felt they ought to go to college right after high school. Students reported occupational aspirations that exceeded their parents' attainments. Students saw the following barriers to doing what they wanted to do at age 30: lack of money for education, not having good grades, not knowing the right people, lack of knowledge about careers, and conditions in the economy. Four in 10 thought Indiana offered as many opportunities as other areas. A slight majority expected to leave Indiana. Most defined success in materialistic terms. (Appendixes include 52 endnotes, questions for further discussion, a list of 4 program and 6 print resources, and the instruments.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Career Choice, Career Planning, Education Work Relationship, Futures (of Society), Goal Orientation, High School Students, High Schools, Occupational Aspiration, Parent Background, State Surveys, Student Attitudes, Student Educational Objectives, Student Employment, Student Interests, Success, Youth
Indiana Youth Institute, 333 North Alabama Street, Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46204 ($7.50 plus $2.50 postage and handling).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indiana Youth Inst., Indianapolis.