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Teenagers in Estonia: Values and Behaviour


Jaan Mikk, Marika Veisson and Piret Luik

Students valued academic success, politeness, and honesty but not so much health and tolerance. Teenagers gave high ranks to knowledge, friends, and honesty and lower ranks to a high position in society and wealth. The students’ self-evaluations were in good correlation with PISA 2006 results. Positive experiences of upbringing were related to a lower risk of using intoxicants in Estonia, Finland and Russia. Teenagers’ behaviour was assessed as relatively wilder but also more honest than adults’ behaviour. A review of bullying revealed the relationship between educational practice and science. The analysis of early sexual initiation showed some factors of, for example, greater tolerance of commercial sex in society. A study of Estonian teenagers’ time usage indicated differences by gender, grade and region. Students reported positive academic emotions, such as enjoyment, hope, pride, etc. more often in lower grades.
Contents: Marika Veisson/Monica Sakk: School Values as Perceived by 4th-6th and 7th-12th Grade Estonian and Russian Students in Estonia – Heiki Krips/Piret Luik/Hasso Kukemelk/Merle Taimalu: Value Judgements by Estonian Teenagers – Karin Täht/Olev Must: Relationship Between the Educational Performance and Attitudes of Estonian Students – Inger Kraav/Juha Hämäläinen: The Connection Between Parenting and the Risk of Intoxicant Use Among Young People – Judit Strömpl/Kadi Ilves/Kadri Soo: Violence in Focus: Narrative Analysis of the Role of Violence in Teenager’s Life – Kristi Kõiv: Bullying Among Estonian Pupils: An Overview – Mare Ainsaar: Early and Very Early Sexual Initiation Among Estonian Adolescents and Attitudes Towards Sexuality – Piret Luik/Merle Taimalu/Heiki Krips/Hasso Kukemelk: Estonian Teenagers’ Employment of Time – Mai Normak/Leida Talts: Academic Emotions in Adolescents’ Learning.