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ERIC Number: ED066349
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 35
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Political Learning in the Schools: An Overview and a Special View.
Jennings, M. Kent
Major conceptual concerns guiding contemporary political socialization research with children and adolescents are: content of value orientations; nature of the political learning process; sources or agents from which the young acquire their orientations; the acquisition of political and non-political values/skills; impingement of non-political personal characteristics on the development of social and political value orientations; temporal qualities of life cycle and generational variations; spatial qualities of cross-nation and intra-national variations; and implications of value formation and development for the political system. In their desire to comprehend the modal, functional patterns of political behavior in our society, most investigators have avoided the more pathologic aspects of political socialization. The last half of the paper focuses on high school seniors, their exposure to social studies courses, and the impact of these courses on their political orientations. The author concludes that until such changes in goals, course content, pedagogical methods, timing of exposure, teacher training, and school environmental factors are made, one must continue to expect little contribution from the formal civics curriculum in the political socialization of American pre-adults. (Author/VLW)
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Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.; Danforth Foundation, St. Louis, MO.
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