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The First Year Out: Understanding American Teens after High School

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Wild parties, late nights, and lots of sex, drugs, and alcohol. Many assume these are the things that define an American teenager’s first year after high school. But the reality is really quite different. As Tim Clydesdale reports in The First Year Out, teenagers generally manage the increased responsibilities of everyday life immediately after graduation effectively. But, ...more
Paperback, 239 pages
Published May 15th 2007 by University Of Chicago Press
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Cheryl Neer
Jan 07, 2017 Cheryl Neer rated it liked it
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Although this book’s research is now 10 years old, it still gives impetus to educators and those concerned with helping our young people learn to think and reason, to continue teaching, while communicating with and giving input into high school and college students’ lives. If you choose to read it, definitely read chapter one, then the last page or two of chapters 2-5 to summarize his thoughts and chapter six as a conclusion.
Tiny Pants
This book has one star only because you aren't allowed to give zero stars -- zero stars here simply means "not rated." But trust, if I could give this zero stars, I would. By the time I finished this book, I felt genuinely embarrassed for UChicago Press that they had published it. What made it so horrible? Let us count the ways.

1) Excessively normative writing I don't think I have ever read a piece of work by an academic sociologist that contained such strong normative language. Clydesdale rests
Aug 16, 2016 Laurie rated it really liked it
Clydesdale's work is well written and spans the academic and general audiences. I'm quite interested in what he has to say about the "lock box" mentality first year college students have regarding their identities -- they're more interested in "maintaining" their identities and figuring out how to keep up with their teenage Joneses than they are in joining larger cultural, social and political communities. At least, that's what Clydesdale determines is true about his studied populations: those w ...more
Oct 28, 2012 Ann rated it liked it
Clydesdale interviews high school seniors and follows them through their first year of college. He finds that college freshman are not intellectually engaged during their "First Year Out" and that faculty should not expect them to be since they are too busy managing their lives. He states that few students appreciate the liberal arts and the ones that do will become faculty or go work in academe. His recommendation was to begin working with students on finding a sense of purpose either prior to ...more
Jan 25, 2010 Amy added it
I don't think I've ever discussed a sociology book with such a wide range of people. I found the findings in this book so depressing I don't want them to write, and I'd love for someone to tell me they're not. This book made me think -- about sociology and about parenting and about American culture.
Jan 09, 2011 Kaylyn rated it really liked it
This book has its biases, but I think it opens up a lot of excellent insight into the path of spirituality among young people living independently for the first time.
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