Getting Real: Helping Teens Find Their Future (2nd Revised edition)

Getting Real: Helping Teens Find Their Future (2nd Revised edition)

By: Kenneth Carter Gray (author)Paperback

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Help ALL teenagers to define realistic goals, develop career direction, and find their future! This revised edition of the bestseller offers educators a six-step plan for helping all students and their parents develop alternative plans for post high school success that may or may not involve a college degree. Getting Real compares the disparity between students' preconceived beliefs and aspirations and the new economic and labor markets they will face as adults, and calls on educators to improve the odds for every young person. Emphasizing the importance of exploring all options, the updated second edition covers critical topics such as: occupational race and gender stereotypes updated labor market projections that highlight technician-level careers and new middle level skill occupations the strong link between academic maturity, career direction, and postsecondary success the unique career development needs of potential dropouts and of high school graduates who go to work.

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About Author

Kenneth C. Gray is a professor in the Workforce Education and Development Program at Pennsylvania State University. Prior to joining the faculty at Penn State, he was superintendent of the Vocational Technical High School System in Connecticut and has been a high school English teacher, guidance counselor, and administrator. He has published widely and is frequently quoted in the national press. He is coauthor with Edwin Herr of Workforce Education: The Basic. His latest book, Getting Real: Helping Teens Find Their Future, addresses the importance of helping teenagers develop career direction as a prerequisite to postsecondary success. He holds a BA in economics from Colby College, an MA in counseling psychology from Syracuse University, and a doctorate in technical education from Virginia Tech.


Preface to the Second Edition Acknowledgments About the Author 1. Getting Real: New Realities for Postsecondary Success A New Goal: Postsecondary Success Career Direction and the "Fourth" R Career Maturity and Career Direction Career Exploration Activities and Career Maturity Career Development Programs: Are They Effective? Society's Ambivalence About Career Choice The Role of Public Schools Making the Case for Career Development Programs Promoting Success Part I. Understanding Those We Try to Help "Get Real" 2. Today's Teens and Their Parents Today's Teens Today's Parents Promoting Success 3. Dropouts, Teens With Disabilities, and Graduates Seeking Full Time Employment Getting Real and High School Dropouts Getting Real and Special Populations High School Graduates Who Seek Full Time Employment Promoting Success 4. Creating Opportunities by Countering Stereotypes Occupational Stereotypes Gender Stereotypes and Earnings: Education or Occupation? Occupational Stereotyping: Minorities and the Economically Disadvantaged Promoting Success Part II. Understanding Labor Market Fundamentals 5. Labor Market Misunderstandings and Bad Advice Misunderstanding 1: A University Degree Guarantees Access to High Wages Misunderstanding 2: A University Degree Guarantees Access to Professional Careers Misunderstanding 3: High Tech Careers Require a University Degree Misunderstanding 4: Career Planning Is Worthless Because People Change Jobs All the Time Anyway Misunderstanding 5: University Graduates Will Take All the Good Jobs Labor Market Advantage: The Secret to Getting High-Skill / High-Wage Employment Bad Advice Given to Teens Will Tentative Career Decisions Close the Door to Future Opportunity? Promoting Success 6. Occupational Projections, Technical and Middle Skill Employment I: Using Labor Market Information II: Occupational Projections III: The Other Way to Win: Technical and Middle-Skill Occupations A Selective List of Technical and Middle Skilled Occupations: This Is Rocket Science Promoting Success Part III. Strategies to Promote Career Direction 7. Career Success, Decision Making, and Teens The Path to Career Success? Characteristics of a Career Mature Teenager Career Decision Making Anxiety of Teens Reducing Teen Anxiety Over Making Career Decisions Promoting Success 8. Strategies to Promote Adolescent Career Maturity and Direction Student Outcome Goals for Career Development Program Outcome Goal 1: Promoting a Tentative Career Direction While in the 10th Grade Outcome Goal 2: Verifying Tentative Career Directions Outcome Goal 3: Develop a Postsecondary Plan Providing Career Counseling Promoting Success 9. Considering "All" the Alternatives Traditional Formal Education Alternatives Alternatives to College The "Bridge" or "Prep" Year Promoting Success 10. Six-Step Plan for Postsecondary Success Talking to Parents Parents and Career Choice Six-Step Plan for Postsecondary Success Helping Parents With Difficult Choices Promoting Success 11. Getting Real and the Role of the Business Community Community Organizations Promoting Success 12. How Are Teenagers Best Served, Nutritional Lies or Reality? Nutritional Lies Creating Opportunity Five Premises for Success Well-Intended but Bad Advice Given to Teens Understanding Our Role Fighting the Good Fight References Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 21/10/2008
  • ISBN13: 9781412963657
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 216
  • ID: 9781412963657
  • weight: 340
  • ISBN10: 1412963656
  • edition: 2nd Revised edition

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