ERIC Number: ED430176
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
The Ambitious Generation: America's Teenagers, Motivated but Directionless.
Schneider, Barbara; Stevenson, David
This volume is largely based on data from the Sloan Study of Youth and Social Development, a 5-year study begun in 1989 when many of the students were in eighth grade (n=7,000). This account presents good news and bad news about our teenagers. Contrary to prevailing notions, theirs is the most ambitious generation yet, but because schools and parents do a poor job of directing them, many take the wrong courses, choose the wrong colleges, and often finish college with neither job skills nor specific career goals. Besides a large-scale survey, students were interviewed over 5 years, and data from other sources are integrated into this work. Chapter 1, "Ambitious Adolescents," provides a case example of a typical teen, which serves to focus the research issues. Part 1 compares students from the 1950s and 1990s and includes chapters: (2) "Imagining the Future"; (3) "Trying to Make It with a High School Diploma"; and (4) "The Importance of Aligned Ambitions." Part 2 discusses "The Formation of Aligned Ambitions" in these chapters: (5) "Channeling Ambitions in High School"; (6) "Families and the Shaping of Aligned Ambitions"; (7) "Teenage Work and Internships"; and (8) "Being Alone and Being with Friends." Part 3, "Defining a Pathway," includes: (9) "The Ambition Paradox"; and (10) "Supporting the Development of Aligned Ambitions." Appendixes are: (A) The Alfred P. Sloan Study of Youth and Social Development; and (B) Logistic Regression Models. (EMK)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Aspiration, Adolescents, Career Choice, Career Counseling, Career Development, College Bound Students, College Choice, Education Work Relationship, Noncollege Bound Students, Occupational Aspiration, Parent Child Relationship, School Guidance, Secondary School Students, Student Development, Student Motivation, Vocational Interests
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