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Working: Perceptions and Experiences of American Teenagers


by Charles Bidwell, Barbara Schneider & Kathryn Borman 1998

In the following pages, we will argue that understanding the selective processes through which young people now enter the labor market requires two kinds of information. First, we must describe the opportunities to work that are available to these young people as they move through high school and postsecondary education. Second, we must discover how, given their opportunities, they act to form their own occupational trajectories or job histories.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 97, No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 99 Number 5, 1998, p. 160-182
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18725, Date Accessed: 12/18/2017 5:34:53 PM

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  • Charles Bidwell
    University of Chicago
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    CHARLES BIDWELL is William Claude Reavis Professor in the Departments of Education and Sociology at the University of Chicago.
  • Barbara Schneider
    University of Chicago
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    BARBARA SCHNEIDER is Senior Social Scientist at the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, where she is also a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Education.
  • Kathryn Borman
    University of South Florida
    KATHRYN BORMAN is Professor of Education and of Anthropology at the University of South Florida at Tampa, where she is also Associate Director of the David Anchin Center.
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