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ERIC Number: EJ751559
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 14
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ISSN: ISSN-0885-2014
Mainland Chinese and Canadian Adolescents' Judgments and Reasoning about the Fairness of Democratic and Other Forms of Government
Helwig, Charles C.; Arnold, Mary Louise; Tan, Dingliang; Boyd, Dwight
Cognitive Development, v22 n1 p96-109 Jan-Mar 2007
This study examined the judgments and reasoning of adolescents (ages 12-19 years) from three sites in urban and rural China (n = 270) and in an urban Canadian comparison sample (n = 72), about the fairness of various forms of democratic and non-democratic government. Adolescents from both China and Canada preferred democratic forms of government, such as representative or direct democracy, to non-democratic systems, such as a meritocracy and an oligarchy of the wealthy, at all ages. Adolescents appealed to fundamental democratic principles, such as representation, voice, and majority rule, to justify their judgments. Similar age-related patterns in judgments and reasoning were found across cultures and across diverse settings within China.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; China