The best-selling author of Flow and an award-winning sociologist draw on a unique longitudinal study to reveal how adolescents develop attitudes, skills, and expectations about their adult careers.
Does every teenager want to become the next Britney Spears or Tiger Woods? This book tackles the subject of career formation among teenagers. According to the authors, the purpose of this work is to describe "how American teenagers develop attitudes and acquire skills to achieve their career goals and expectations." They delve into "how adolescents today are preparing themselves for the lives they will lead in the years to come." This title discusses work in terms of images and expectations, occupational values, images of work and play, teens' experience in paid employment, families and their role in forming occupational future, and effects of the quality of their classroom experience. Surveys were administered to students at selected sites, targeting females, minorities, and low-income families. Due to the limited nature of the study, the focus was on public middle and high school students. The populations of the schools chosen ran the gamut from financially well off to economically depressed. This work includes three appendices: site descriptions, instruments, and a variable list. It will be most useful to guidance and vocational counselors, school-to-work program workers, and anyone else with an interest in the field of study. A solid purchase for public libraries and high school collections. KLIATT Codes: ARecommended for advanced students, and adults. 2000, Perseus, Basic Books, 289p. notes. bibliog. index., $18.00. Ages 17 to adult. Reviewer: Tricia Finch; Youth Svcs. Mgr., North Port P.L., North Port, FL , September 2001 (Vol. 35 No. 5)