ERIC Number: ED187642
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
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Education's Lasting Influence on Values.
Hyman, Herbert H.; Wright, Charles R.
This book examines the long-term effects of education on the values of adult Americans. To measure education's lasting effects the authors did a "secondary analysis" of national attitude surveys that had been conducted in four time periods from 1950 to 1975. Thirty-eight surveys that included 45,000 white adults from 25 to 72 years of age were evaluated. The data shows that education produces large and lasting good effects in the realm of values. The following values are more prevalent among adults who have gone to high school than among those who have not gone beyond elementary school: civil liberties for both the orthodox and the nonconformists; due process of law; freedom from the constraints of arbitrary laws in personal and social relations; freedom for the flow of not only innocuous but also controversial information; equality in the social, economic, and political spheres; humanitarianism or measures to reduce pain, injury, suffering or deprivation; and placing a higher valuation on morals or good conduct toward others than on manners. This profile of values is most prevalent among those who have gone to college. The book also comments on parallels between this study and an earlier study conducted by the authors entitled "The Enduring Effects of Education" which presents strong evidence showing that retention of knowledge and the continued propensity to seek new knowledge are directly related to the number of years spent in school. (Author/RM)
Descriptors: Adults, Education, Educational Research, Moral Values, School Role, Social Values, Values
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.
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