Academic journal article Journal of Comparative Family Studies

VOICES OF REASON; Adolescents Talk about Their Future over Time

Academic journal article Journal of Comparative Family Studies

VOICES OF REASON; Adolescents Talk about Their Future over Time

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SACHS, Steven B., VOICES OF REASON; Adolescents Talk About Their Future Over Time. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2001, 280 pp., $54.95 hardcover.

Voices of Reason: Adolescents Talk About Their Futures Over Time by Steven Sachs presents a qualitative study often adolescents over a five-year period. Before carefully unfolding the information, Sachs sets the stage by giving a clear and concise theoretical orientation. Each student in the study is then presented using the right amount of actual interview text to enable the reader to capture an accurate picture of the student.

The focus of the book examines how students develop career goals as they move through the educational process, starting at the eighth grade and through high school. Although participants vary in academic success, vocational goals, how they view themselves, family background, and perception of social problems. It becomes obvious how many different factors come together to impact the goals and life choices of the students presented. Connections are made as to those who have influenced their decisions as well as those who have served as gatekeepers to success. The reader soon realizes that there are adult figures in these students' lives that were influential in helping them to meet their future goals while others adults were a definite deterrent to their success.

By allowing the students to tell their own stories, a number of objectives are achieved. These objectives are: communication competence; decision-making abilities; and the connections that are made between their interests or abilities and their vocational goals. …

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