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ERIC Number: ED130917
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 82
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Political Orientations of Children: The Use of a Semi-Projective Technique in Three Nations. Comparative Politics Series No. 01-009, Vol. 1.
Greenstein, Fred I.; Tarrow, Sidney
The study is concerned with the psychology of citizenship in Great Britain, France, and the United States. Part I of the booklet discusses the use of semiprojective procedures to elicit surface psychocultural dispositions (cognitive and value assumptions, assumptions about behavioral norms, etc.). The procedure involves asking late preadolescent children to complete a series of stories. One story involves a group of children deciding which game to play when there are different opinions about which game to play; another involves completing a story about a political leader caught for driving too fast. Part II of the booklet presents the six case histories of the children's responses. Part III distinguishes between projective and semiprojective procedures by comparing variants of the fixed-choice and open-ended survey methods. Using political studies literature, part IV describes issues of comparative political psychology and political socialization involved in the study. Part V discusses the development, content, and rationale of the semiprojective procedure, and part VI reports the data from the entire sample with an emphasis on showing the many meanings evident in a single response. It is concluded that for the short run semiprojective procedures appear useful in generating hypotheses about such concepts as trust and decision making. It is recommended that semiprojective procedures be used in connection with other techniques (e.g., fixed choice responses, observations of nonverbal behavior). Appendices contain the interview instrument and interviewer instructions in both English and French. (ND)
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