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ERIC Number: EJ898496
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-1060-9393
The Political Consciousness of Adolescents: Normal School Students vs. Children of the Streets
Kasamara, Valeriia Aleksandrovna.; Sorokina, Anna Andreevna
Russian Education and Society, v52 n10 p19-42 Oct 2010
In October to December 2008, the Laboratory for Political Research at the Higher School of Economics State University, as part of a broad project devoted to determining the degree of homogeneity versus heterogeneity of the political consciousness of today's Russian society, carried out a sociological survey on the topic "The Political Consciousness of Adolescents: Normal School Students vs. Children of the Streets." The study's purpose was to reconstruct the political consciousness of adolescents in various social strata. Interviews were conducted with 300 adolescents between the ages of thirteen and eighteen: 150 Moscow school students and 150 children of the streets or homeless or troubled children. The study attempted to determine and compare the basic ideas of the two groups being studied about Russia and the country's future; their normative ideas about the president/leader of the state and the directions of his policies; their ideas about the friends/enemies of Russia, and their value orientations. Survey data show that the life desires of homeless or troubled children are more connected to personal safety and less to social ambition than children from intact families. They also show that children in general are as uncritically accepting of media propaganda as was true of children during most of the Soviet period. The survey results permit the authors to say that the value orientations of the two groups of adolescents being surveyed, their ideas about today's Russia, the country's future and its enemies, and also about the president of the country and his policies, are in many parameters similar in quantitative indicators but different in content. Here, the authors attempt to generalize the social aspirations of the "typical" normal Moscow school student, and reconstruct the student's political consciousness. (Contains 5 figures and 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Russia