ERIC Number: ED407888
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Transitions to Adulthood: Recent Alumni's Views of Their Academic, Interpersonal and Life Skills.
Jenni, Roger; And Others
This study examined whether recent graduates of the Northfield Public Schools (Minnesota) had acquired the skills necessary to make successful transitions to adulthood and postsecondary education. Survey responses (n=146) were obtained from two recently graduated classes 3 years after graduation and from graduates of the Alternative Learning Center 1 year after graduation. The survey asked respondents to evaluate themselves in the following 11 areas: decision making, handling conflicts with other people, information gathering and management, intercultural awareness, looking for and keeping a job, mathematical reasoning, oral communication, personal awareness, reading, technological literacy, and writing. Graduates rated decision making, reading, and writing as the most frequently encountered, while handling conflicts with other people and intercultural awareness were the least frequently encountered. Graduates expressed the highest levels of confidence in looking for and keeping a job, reading, and intercultural awareness while least confident about technological literacy, oral communication, information gathering and management, and writing. Other findings addressed differences between high and low ability students and between males and females. The survey instrument is appended. (Contains 35 references.) (Author/JLS)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Alumni, Career Choice, Communication Skills, Computer Literacy, Conflict Resolution, Cultural Differences, Decision Making, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, High School Graduates, High Schools, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Reading Skills, Self Concept, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Student Attitudes, Writing Skills
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northfield Public Schools, MN.