ERIC Number: ED439379
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
Benevolent Dictation to Guidance Abandonment.
Peo, Myra Morris; Hollenbeck, Bonnie M.
American "Baby Boomer" parents are organizing their elementary students' lives to automaticity. In the early grades, most students find this structure comfortable. Often by secondary school these parents step back, respecting their children's wishes. Here, however, the students face life and career selection with poor decision-making skills. This type of parenting style often leaves the students poorly prepared in decision-making skills. College professors have observed many students taking five or more years to obtain a bachelor's degree. This paper describes a research project that sought information from 15 other countries on how they work with these students. The five-year student was found to be the norm in colleges for many reasons. Increasing curricular demands, changing majors, and hours devoted to collegiate sports and extracurricular activities all add time. The paper suggests that a workable career decision early on would diminish many of the problems. Some factors considered include: (1) students liking their chosen field and enjoying the study of it; (2) students having proved their ability in the field; and (3) the college selected being a good fit for the student and the chosen career. In the survey of those who had changed majors to the point of delayed graduation, most said they had chosen a field in which they did not have talent or aptitude. Many things, including careers, are not as appealing as they had seemed once the close examination is made. Wonderful, exciting fields may appear to the college freshman which were unknown up to that point. This might be avoided with intelligent decision making and excellent guidance; however, within reason and made early on, changing majors can prevent commitment to the unfulfilling with a minimum loss of time. (JDM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: "Relating in a Global Community." Proceedings of the International Conference on Counseling in the 21st Century (7th, Sydney, Australia, December 29-31, 1998); see CG 029 933.