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ERIC Number: EJ798147
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun-11
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Majority of Youths Found to Lack a Direction in Life
Viadero, Debra
Education Week, v27 n41 p1, 12 Jun 2008
A majority of young people are struggling to make the leap into adulthood, and educators, parents, and communities should make a more concerted effort to help rudderless youths find a clear direction and overarching sense of purpose, according to a new book by Stanford University psychologist William Damon. In "The Path to Purpose: Helping Our Children Find Their Calling in Life," Damon shares the first wave of findings from a study in which he and his graduate students have been surveying 1,200 young people between the ages of 12 and 26 over a period of five years. Damon concludes from his study that schools, communities, and parents can do much to reverse the malaise that plagues many young people. In the classroom, he says, teachers can show students how the skills and content they are learning are useful and share stories of how they found their own callings. Outside of schools, Damon offers praise for youth-building efforts that work with schools and communities to identify and strengthen community assets that can promote healthy psychological growth for children and adolescents. He says parents can contribute at home to children's developing sense of purpose by listening closely to and encouraging children's expressed interests, discussing their own careers, and introducing their children to outside mentors for career guidance.
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Language: English
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