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ERIC Number: EJ868726
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1253
Beyond the Stereotypes: An Inside Look at Canada's Emerging Millennials
Bibby, Reginald W.
Education Canada, v50 n1 p38-43 Win 2009-2010
Stereotypes about teenagers typically result in negative views of young people and contribute to the age-old idea that every new generation of teenagers is somehow inferior to previous ones. One of the reasons for the prevalence of inaccurate stereotypes about teenagers in Canada is that people have not been having very many national conversations with them. Very few nationwide surveys have been carried out to see what young people are actually thinking and doing. And yet, if one wants to know what's going on in people's heads, it is important to ask them. That's where surveys come in. At their best, they are simply good, structured conversations. As such, they are indispensable to the correction of stereotypes. In this article, the author highlights seven things that educators and other people who care about teens need to know: (1) Teenagers are decent people; (2) Their tech toys are new means to old ends; (3) Teens' ties with parents are the best in decades; (4) They enjoy school--strain and all; (5) Teens' quality of life is a solid upgrade from previous versions; (6) They're into relationships more than sex; and (7) They're post-religious and pre-spiritual. (Contains 3 tables, 2 figures and 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada