ERIC Number: ED478710
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
The State of Our Nation's Youth, 2003-2004.
Hart, Peter D.
This report details findings of the eighth annual (2003-2004) national survey of the attitudes and plans of American adolescents. Participating in the telephone survey was a nationally representative sample of 1,003 students aged 13 to 18, in ninth through twelfth grade. The report summarizes findings "at a glance" and discusses findings under the following broad headings: (1) "Schools Little Better, but Students Are"; (2) "Students Show Optimism, Action"; (3) "Students Are Tech, Media Savvy"; and (4) "Social Pressures Are Still Strong"; and (5) "Families Remain at the Forefront of Students' Lives". Among the key findings, the report notes that the grade high school students give their school rose only slightly to a C+; students rate their school higher, however, for individual elements of their education, and report receiving higher grades on their own report cards. Refusing to let negative events dishearten their world perspective, fully three-quarters of students say that their outlook for the future is hopeful and optimistic. While students are more likely to turn to televisions or computers to learn about world events than to traditional news sources or other people, they express more skepticism about media messages. Students continue to deal well not only with grand-scale world events, but also with the pressures they face in their immediate spheres, including financial and grade pressures. For the most part, students report having remarkably positive relationships with their family. In terms of planning their futures and choosing careers, however, students say that their greatest influence is their own experience. Nearly nine in ten students say that attending college is either critical or very important to being successful in life. Students nearly unanimously believe that personal satisfaction and personal relationships define success. The report includes data tables. (HTH)
Descriptors: Adolescent Attitudes, Adolescents, Attitude Change, Career Choice, Comparative Analysis, Computer Literacy, Family Life, Family Relationship, High School Students, High Schools, National Surveys, Parent Child Relationship, School Attitudes, Social Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Student Motivation, Tables (Data), Telephone Surveys, Well Being, Youth Problems
Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., 99 Canal Center Plaza, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 703-684-9444; Fax: 703-548-3822; Web site: http://www.horatioalger.org.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., Alexandria, VA.
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