ERIC Number: ED378489
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Urban and Suburban Teens' Perception of Caring.
Bosworth, Kris; And Others
For educators, a thorough understanding of adolescents' concepts of caring is critical. This paper reports on how early adolescents themselves view the concept of caring. A fundamental issue relating to caring is whether it is primarily innate or learned. This study, which involved observing and interviewing students, was conducted in two middle schools in a large urban area in a Midwestern state. One school was in the heart of the urban area and had about equal numbers of African-American and poor Caucasian students, a large percentage of them Appalachian. The other school was in a suburb and had a mixed population due to desegregation bussing. Participants were nominated by teachers as well as peers. In looking at students' definitions of caring, the results show several points to be emphasized. First, middle level students in grades 6, 7 and 8 have a complex understanding of what caring is and how it shows itself in their lives. Their understanding cannot be predicted by or correlated with gender, age, academic grade, or teacher or peer identification as caring or uncaring. The voices of these students appear to confirm the notion that altruism and caring are constructs of well-informed adolescents. Contains 17 references. (BF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington. Center for Adolescent Studies.