Understanding the Association Between School Climate and Future Orientation

Sarah Lindstrom Johnson, Elise Pas, Catherine P. Bradshaw

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Abstract

Promoting students’ future orientation is inherently a goal of the educational system. Recently, it has received more explicit attention given the increased focus on career readiness. This study aimed to examine the association between school climate and adolescents’ report of future orientation using data from youth (N = 27,698; 49.4 % female) across 58 high schools. Three-level hierarchical linear models indicated that perceptions of available emotional and service supports, rules and consequences, and parent engagement were positively related to adolescents’ future orientation. Additionally, the school-level average future orientation was significantly related to individuals’ future orientation, indicating a potential influence of contextual effects on this construct. Taken together, these findings suggest that interventions targeting school climate may hold promise for promoting future orientation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Youth and Adolescence
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Jun 24 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Career readiness
  • Environment
  • Positive youth development
  • School

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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