Ready, Willing, and Able (Paperback)
A Developmental Approach to College Access and Success
Harvard Education PR, 9781612501321, 248pp.
Publication Date: April 1, 2012
Other Editions of This Title:
Library Binding (4/1/2012)
These include identity development, articulating aspirations and expectations, forming and maintaining strong peer and adult relationships, motivation and goal-setting, and self-regulatory skills, such as planning.
The authors challenge the predominant approach of giving young people information and leaving it to them to figure out how to apply it. They show how well-intended college-access efforts can miss the mark--for instance, by focusing on students who already see themselves as college material, rather than working to help all students develop a "college-going identity." In addition, most college-access programs and practices focus almost exclusively on providing academic preparation and financial support.
In Ready, Willing, and Able, Savitz-Romer and Bouffard call for a new approach: one that emphasizes the key developmental tasks and processes of adolescence and integrates them into existing college-access practices in meaningful ways. Rather than treating young people as passive recipients of services, they argue, adults can engage them as active agents in the construction of their own futures.