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ERIC Number: EJ992821
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
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ISSN: ISSN-0013-1253
Young People's Confidence in School, Community, and the Future: Why It Matters and What We Can Do about It
Freiler, Christa
Education Canada, v52 n4 Fall 2012
The Canadian Education Association (CEA) has just completed a research project that looked at young people's confidence in their learning environments and their future. We know that students' future trust in institutions is significantly shaped by their school experiences, in particular by whether there is an open climate for classroom discussion and student participation in school affairs. Research into young people's optimism about the future can provide clues about their interest and capacity to make a difference in the world. The results of this survey tell a good-news, bad-news story. While young people approach adulthood with a confidence in their own ability to succeed--a critical ingredient for success--they appear to have waning faith in social institutions or their ability to influence them. Students were most positive with respect to future orientation and aspirations and least positive about the future of their community/country and the "fit" or connection between school and their life/learning outside of school. (Contains 10 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; Canada (Toronto)