ERIC Number: ED455952
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
The State of Our Nation's Youth, 2001-2002.
Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., Alexandria, VA.
This report details 2001-2002 findings of an annual, national survey of the attitudes and plans of American adolescents. Participating in the telephone survey was a nationally representative sample of 1,014 students 13 to 18 years of age in ninth through twelfth grade. The report summarizes findings "at a glance" and discusses findings under the following headings: (1) schools making the grade; (2) academic approaches; (3) students and social pressure; (4) students and their families; (5) role models; (6) life beyond school; and (7) youth views on the media. Among the key findings, the report notes that American youth feel supported by their families, teachers, and administrators. Respondents believe that the schools do everything they can to keep their students safe. Findings offer strong evidence that all elements of students' lives relate to one another. Home life, social life, pressures, and after-school work life all strongly influence students' school life. Three distinct approaches to academics were identified among today's students, who were classified as follows: front-row students take school seriously and put great effort into studies; middle-seat students appreciate education but do not always make it their first priority; and back-row students' priorities lie outside of school and are less involved in schools. These groups were distinct in their responses concerning their academics, extracurricular activities, their worries, and their social lives. Finally, students reported particular challenges regarding safety in school, financial pressures, and their grades. The report includes 40 data tables. (KB)
Descriptors: Adolescent Attitudes, Adolescents, Aspiration, Attitude Change, Career Choice, Comparative Analysis, Discipline, Extracurricular Activities, Family Life, Family Relationship, High School Students, High Schools, Interests, Marriage, National Surveys, Parent Child Relationship, School Attitudes, Sex Differences, Social Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Student Motivation, Tables (Data), Telephone Surveys, Well Being, Work Attitudes, Youth Problems
Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., 99 Canal Center Plaza, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 703-684-9444; Fax: 703-584-9445; e-mail: HoratioAA@aol.com; Web site: http://www.horatioalger.com.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., Alexandria, VA.
Note: For the 2000-2001 report, see ED 444 690.