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ERIC Number: ED431694
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 23
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Locating Czech Democracy: A Semantic Differential Analysis of the Meaning of Democracy among Students and Teachers in Three Types of Secondary Schools.
Bishop, J. Joe
A study explored the meanings of democracy held by teachers and students in each of the three types of secondary schools in an emerging democracy (the Czech Republic) by locating the meaning in multi-dimensional semantic space. Data were collected during 2 months of fieldwork conducted in the Czech Republic during the fall of 1997. Students and teachers representative of three different types of schools in one large city, two medium-sized cities, and one small town were asked to think about the type of government the Czech Republic had while they completed a semantic differential scale composed of 57 bipolar adjectives. Factor analysis was used to represent the adjective pairs as a smaller number of variable factors. Results indicated significant age differences on the evaluative factor, sex differences on the potency and stability factors, school level differences on the evaluative, potency, and stability factors, and a social class/prestige difference on the stability factor. No significant difference was found on the pervasiveness factor. Includes 17 notes, a figure, 8 tables of data and 34 references. An appendix lists prestige scores assigned to father's and mother's occupations. (Author/BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Czech Republic