ERIC Number: ED378463
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
High Hopes, Long Odds: A Major Report on Hoosier Teens and the American Dream.
Orfield, Gary; Paul, Faith G.
In order to better understand the thoughts and aspirations of Indiana teenagers, this study surveyed 5,187 eighth-, tenth-, and twelfth-grade students, their parents and their school counselors. Samples were drawn from the state's major cities, suburbs, rural areas and the state as a whole. The report includes a variety of topics affecting students and their families: decisions about academic programs and course taking, the flow of information from schools to students to parents, and obstacles both students and their parents think they face in achieving the students' goals for the future. The final results or "chapters" are presented in eight separate reports, each one building on its predecessors to provide an increasingly detailed picture of the attitudes and behaviors of teenagers and the dimensions of opportunities likely to await them. The eight chapter examine: (1) students' and parents' aspirations and expectations for the future; (2) how educational experiences relate to their aspirations and expectations; (3) information, supports and experiences needed; (4) obstacles and aids to postsecondary education; (5) employment pathways for a variety of students; (6) support from school counselors; (7) equality of opportunity (by race, gender and income) in Indiana; and (8) policy implications and alternatives for increasing opportunity. (BF)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Adolescents, Career Choice, Career Guidance, College Preparation, Course Selection (Students), Occupational Aspiration, Parent School Relationship, School Counselors, Secondary Education, Student Educational Objectives, Student Needs
Indiana Youth Institute, 333 North Alabama, Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46204.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Lilly Endowment, Inc., Indianapolis, IN.
Authoring Institution: Indiana Youth Inst., Indianapolis.