ERIC Number: ED431887
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-May
Reference Count: N/A
What Works! Colorado High School Senior Survey 1999. Initial Results.
Colorado School to Career Partnership, Denver.
In Colorado, 8,663 high school seniors from 132 high schools in 91 districts (more than half the districts in the state) participated in a study that posed the following questions: What motivates today's students in school? and How prepared are these students for their future? The study found the following: (1) high school seniors are motivated by classroom instruction that includes a chance to apply active, hands-on lessons and solving real world problems; (2) they are motived by teachers who are knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the subject and use humor related to the subject; (3) students are motivated to learn when they are interested in the subject, like the teacher, and see how the class relates their career interests; (4) 65 percent of the students are bored in school half or more of the time, and only 20 percent find lectures motivating, but few consider dropping out; (5) students who had had career experiences (such as job shadowing, a job connected to a class, an internship, or a written academic and career plan such as required by School-to-Career across Colorado)--about 80 percent of the students--were more likely to go on to postsecondary education, select a college based on a career area of interest, and select a college major; (6) students with career experiences also were more likely to know their career interests and abilities, to be excited about the future, and to be less bored with school. (The survey is included with this research report.) (KC)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Colorado School to Career Partnership, Denver.
Identifiers - Location: Colorado