ERIC Number: ED038717
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar-2
Reference Count: 0
Law-Abidingness Among Conservative and Liberal Students.
Kruschke, Earl R.; Gezi, Kalil I.
The results of several studies are discussed, initially to indicate that most students are not involved politically and do not perceive their problems as necessarily political in origin. The characteristics of those who do become active in campus political protests are listed, as well as the types of protest activities in which these students are likely to participate, and the types in which they have participated. From the evidence, it is concluded that most student protesters remain within the limits of the law. The scope of the paper also includes those who do not remain within the legal limits. The authors concern themselves with one dimension of the problem, namely, the relationship between liberalism-conservatism and law-abidingness. The study upon which the paper was based examined a specific hypothesis: conservatives given their greater propensity toward reigidity and conformity, are likely to be more law-abiding than liberals. Two instruments were used to collect data from the sample of 128 students at a California state college: (1) Lentz's Conservatism-Radicalism (C-R) Opinionnaire; and (2) Gregory's Law-Abidingness Scale. The results clearly indicated that attitudes of conservative and liberal students toward the law were not significantly different. The correlates of law-abidingness and law violation are discussed. (TL)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Chico State Coll., CA.; Sacramento State Coll., CA.; American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at American Educational Research Association Convention, Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 2-6, 1970