ERIC Number: ED444690
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
The State of Our Nation's Youth, 2000-2001.
Park, Jennifer M.
This report details findings of a national survey of the attitudes and plans of American adolescents. Completing the questionnaire were non-home-schooled students 14 to 18 years of age from 1,334 households in a nationally representative sample. To permit regional comparisons, the questionnaires were mailed to representative households within each of the nine United States census regions. The report summarizes findings "at a glance" in 11 categories: (1) schools; (2) student environment; (3) courses important for future success; (4) attitudes; (5) opportunities; (6) effort and grades; (7) role models; (8) family relationships; (9) outside activities; (10) top career choices; and (11) the future. Survey findings are discussed under the following headings: (1) the academic environment-- evaluation of current experiences; (2) opportunities and effort; (3) life beyond the classroom; (4) the future; (5) future education; and (6) career and family. Among the key findings, the report notes that most youth appear to be meaningfully engaged in their schooling, viewing courses as very challenging (58 percent) and seeing them as "definitely preparing me for the future" (67 percent). Ninety percent reported that there is "at least one teacher or administrator who personally cares about my success." About three quarters of the sample are connected to at least one school-based co-curricular activity. High percentages of both boys and girls reported close relationships with parents and high percentages reported being connected to three or more friends. The report includes 31 data tables. (KB)
Descriptors: Adolescent Attitudes, Adolescents, Aspiration, Attitude Change, Career Choice, Discipline, Extracurricular Activities, Family Life, Family Relationship, High Schools, Interests, Marriage, National Surveys, Parent Child Relationship, School Attitudes, Sex Differences, Social Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Student Motivation, Tables (Data), Well Being, Work Attitudes, Youth Problems
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., Alexandria, VA.
Note: For 1999-2000 report, see ED 433 922.