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ERIC Number: EJ721738
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar-1
Pages: 19
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-0305-7925
Education on Population Matters in Europe: Results from a Comparative Survey among Students in Five European Countries
Van Peer, Christine
Compare: A Journal of Comparative Education, v36 n1 p105-123 Mar 2006
In 1996-1997, within the framework of the European Observatory for Population Education and Information, a comparative survey was conducted among students in final classes of secondary education in several European countries. On the one hand, the survey attempted to assess the effects of education on population in terms of knowledge acquired; the issues addressed in the questionnaire pertained to knowledge of demographic facts and trends (such as the ageing of Western societies and immigration). On the other hand it tried to ascertain students' opinions on demographic trends. What are young people's views on intergenerational solidarity, how tolerant are they towards immigrants, what are their views on recent changes in family structures? This knowledge is important since it is young people's attitudes and future behaviour that will help to shape both the social tissue and the economic prosperity of the European and world population. This article presents a comparative analysis of survey results obtained in five European countries. It examined the question whether knowledge acquired in the course of scolarisation influences opinions. The results evidence a significant relationship between knowledge of the migrants' issue and attitudes of tolerance towards migrants. By means of multivariate analyses, the impact of factors such as social origin, study orientation and gender on both students' knowledge and attitudes, are investigated. It is concluded that adequate educational training on population issues can have a significant positive impact on attitudes of tolerance. (Contains 5 tables, 3 figures, and 8 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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