ERIC Number: ED430868
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Informational Interaction with Model-Societies of Different Theoretical Orientation. No. 63.
This study, which includes data collected over a 15 year period, examines to what degree Swedish citizens' judgment concerning life quality is attributed to perceptions of real or simulated models of civilization. Subjects selected for the research study included Swedish male and female teachers, and doctoral students in business administration. The research instrument used required subjects to watch a video series that presented a vision of the U.S. society during the 1970s. The subjects were then asked to respond to questions regarding how they imagine themselves living in that society. Responses were expected to reflect initial assumptions that (1) competition implies selection; (2) selection implies independence; and (3) independence implies success. The subjects' notions of himself or herself as competent and successful in the simulated situation appears to be at stake. Subjects who emerge from "certainty in preferential judgment" concerning the possibility to integrate are seen as demonstrating a fundamental psychological expression of competence. Subjects' competence is judged in terms of perceived appropriateness in ability to meet the demands of certain environments. Findings suggest that Swedish citizens imagine potential life quality within simulated society in terms relative to self-judgments regarding their own competence or success in real-life situations. (Contains 23 references.) (MM)
Descriptors: Competence, Foreign Countries, Quality of Life, Self Concept, Self Concept Measures, Self Efficacy, Simulated Environment, Social Psychology, Social Science Research
Copenhagen Competence Research Center, University of Copenhagen, Njalsgade 88, DK-2300 Copenhagen S, Denmark.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Lund Univ. (Sweden). Cognitive Science Research.; Copenhagen Univ. (Denmark). Competence Research Centre.
Identifiers - Location: Sweden