ERIC Number: ED374144
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Getting Acquainted with U.S. Eighth Graders: Implications for Nonschool Programs.
Steele, Sara M.; And Others
Data from the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 (NELS:88) provides information about critical transitions experienced by students as they leave elementary or middle school and progress through the educational system to the world of work. The Extension NELS study reported here used NELS:88 data for the base year sample of 24,599 eighth graders to identify findings with implications for nonschool programs aimed at younger teens, parenting programs, and programs for those interested in helping community institutions be more effective with younger teens. Part 1 of this report gives an overview and summary of major findings, while Part 2 lists specific findings and Part 3 provides a comparative analysis of student characteristics. Eighth graders were found to be varied in terms of demographic characteristics, but surprisingly alike overall, with similar expectations and similar degrees of involvement in extracurricular activities and community-based youth programs. Findings with regard to school and community background, parent characteristics and involvement, and ethnic and socioeconomic characteristics are summarized for program planners. Appendixes list the main variables considered and recipients of the concept reports for particular areas of interest. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.; Extension Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Dept of Continuing and Vocational Education.