ERIC Number: ED056927
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Learning About Politics in American High Schools: A Progress Report on a National Survey.
Jennings, M. Kent; Levenson, George B.
This report of findings is designed as an initial sketch of some of the political attitudes and values of American High School Seniors at a particular point in historical time and at a single stage in their political development. In the spring of 1965 a national probability sample of 1669 high school seniors at 97 high schools were interviewed in-depth; a random sample of their parents, social studies teachers, and school principals were also interviewed. In addition, all members of the senior class in a majority of the schools completed an abbreviated self-administered questionnaire. Through 1968 the data were examined to determine political orientation as well as to assess the relative impact of family, school, and community on political learning. Part I of the report examines the sample to determine: 1) the breadth of the social studies curriculum in American High Schools; and, 2) the extent and sources of variability in course exposure and impact. Part II presents a political portrait of the students in the individual schools and compares them with those of students in the nation as a whole. The national sample is divided into two sets of sub-groups to examine the differences among students: 1) located in different regions of the country; and, 2) having different educational aspirations. (Author/SBE)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Citizen Participation, Citizenship, Civics, Course Content, Curriculum Evaluation, Enrollment, Grade 12, National Surveys, Political Attitudes, Political Socialization, Politics, Public Affairs Education, Secondary Education, Secondary School Students, Social Studies, Student Attitudes, Student Participation
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. Inst. for Social Research.