Democratic attitudes among high-school pupils: The role played by perceptions of class climate

Arie Perliger, Daphna Canetti-Nisim, Ami Pedahzur

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Abstract

The present study shed light on the continuing debate among students of political socialisation regarding the effects of civic education on the upholding of democratic attitudes. Our major conclusion is that civic education, in and of itself, has only minor effects on democratic attitudes of pupils. Furthermore, among pupils who attended civic education classes, democratic class climate would have a crucial effect on the internalisation of democratic attitudes, and the association between sociodemographic characteristics and democratic attitudes is partially mediated by perception of democratic class climate. The findings offer a model which involves demographics and class climate for predicting the success of civic education in meeting its main goal - the absorption and internalisation of democratic attitudes. Thus, we hope to take the ongoing debate in the field at least one small step forward. 1.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-140
Number of pages22
JournalSchool Effectiveness and School Improvement
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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