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ERIC Number: ED574543
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 53
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
Is Seeing Believing? How Americans and Germans Think about Their Schools. Program on Education Policy and Governance Working Papers Series. PEPG 15-02
Henderson, Michael B.; Lergetporer, Philipp; Peterson, Paul E.; Werner, Katharina; West, Martin R.; Woessmann, Ludger
Program on Education Policy and Governance
What do citizens of the United States and Germany think about their schools and school policies? This paper offers the first broad comparison of public thinking on education in the two countries. We carried out opinion surveys of representative samples of the German and American adult populations in 2014 that included experiments in which we provided additional information to randomly selected subgroups. The paper first describes key characteristics of the U.S. and German education systems and then analyzes how information and institutional context affect public beliefs in the two countries. Results indicate both similarities and differences in the structure of American and German public opinion on schools and school policies. Contains a Methodological Appendix. [Paper prepared for the conference on Public Opinion and the Political Economy of Education, Munich, May 9, 2015. Financial support was provided by the Leibniz Association.]
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education; Secondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Harvard University, Program on Education Policy and Governance
Identifiers - Location: Germany; United States
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment; Advanced Placement Examinations (CEEB)