ERIC Number: ED040117
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Political Learning in Childhood and Adolescence; A Study of Fifth, Eighth, and Eleventh Graders in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The purpose of this 1967 study is to analyze patterns of political learning before and after adolescence. The hypothesis grew out of recent political science research. 297 fifth, eighth, and eleventh grade children and 205 of their parents were interviewed. (See Appendix A for questionnaires.) Some of the results are: 1) There is substantial political growth during adolescence in a number of respects, even though it is perhaps not as great as that which occurs before eighth grade. 2) Parents and children do show many resemblances in political orientations; but the magnitude of the correlations is in general relatively low, and in a few cases such correlations are negative. 3) Black and white children do exhibit somewhat different patterns of political learning when grade level is controlled; but both are relatively supportive, and only in a general sense are the white children earlier in their development and more system-supportive. 4) A number of explanatory variables show specific effects upon the child's developing political orientations; but these vary both by content and by grade level. More detailed future analysis of the variables analyzed in this research can be guided by this study. (Author/DJB)
Descriptors: Black Culture, Cognitive Development, Cultural Influences, Emotional Development, Family Influence, Individual Development, Parent Attitudes, Parent Child Relationship, Political Attitudes, Political Socialization, Social Development, Social Influences, Social Structure, Student Attitudes, Surveys
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Research and Development Center for Cognitive Learning.
Identifiers: Concepts in Political Science Project