ERIC Number: ED099255
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Nov
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Political Life in the Hidden Curriculum: Does It Make a Difference?
Ehman, Lee H.; Gillespie, Judith A.
The research reported here is an attempt to explore the attitudes of students in high schools and to take a look at the hidden curriculum and its political dimensions. The analysis is divided into an exploration and categorization of different types of schools, a definition of different kinds of attitudes and behavior on the part of students, and an attempt to demonstrate relationships between school political climate and student attitudes and behaviors. Findings show that schools have general bureaucratic patterns of political life and that five different types of political systems can be found. The type of school does seem to make a significant difference in the attitudes of students toward political participation and their political environment. The most uniformly positive attitudes are found in participant schools, showing that students need to share in the responsibilities and activities of an institution in order to establish important political attitudes which will support active citizenship. A political systems questionnaire, general attitude items, and school attitude items used in gathering data are appended. (Author/KSM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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