ERIC Number: ED202791
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar-12
Reference Count: 0
A Comparison of Student Perceptions of Value in Norway Between 1967 and 1980.
Radich, Carol Ann; Yi-Ming, Hsu
The focus of this study is on assessing and analyzing values shifts occurring among Norwegian teacher education students from 1967 to 1980. The evangelical Lutheran church has been the state church in Norway since the Reformation, so that the school system historically has had the responsibility of giving the pupils a "Christian and moral upbringing." An identical 68 statement inventory of values relating to home and family concerns was administered to Norwegian students in their native language in 1967 and again in 1980 by the same individual. A significant change in attitude occurred on 36 of the 68 inventory items. Responses indicated that as far as child-bearing practice, value of homelife, the amount of time spent at home, and sex and marriage are concerned, the students of 1967 conceived them as more important and valuable to their personal life than students in 1980, regardless of their sex. At the same time, the results showed increasingly conservative views on birth control, care of the aged at home, and modern influences on Norway from the outside. This movement within a thirteen-year-period indicates that the personal views of many prospective teachers run counter to the values explicitly upheld and promulgated in Norwegian schools. The values foundation on which the Norwegian society and school rest appears to be less solid and cohesive today than 13 years ago, presenting a clear challenge to educators on all levels in that country. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association (4th, Philadelphia, PA, March 12, 1981). Not available from EDRS in paper copy due to broken print type throughout original document.