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The Development of Political Attitudes in Children


reviewed by Bernard Mackler 1969

coverTitle: The Development of Political Attitudes in Children
Author(s): Robert D. Hess, Judith V. Torney
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
ISBN: , Pages: , Year:
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In a turbulent political year filled with McCarthy and Johnson, Nixon, Humphrey, Wallace, Yippies, Daley, Agnew and Muskie, wouldn't it be interesting to see how children find out about our magnificent system, how they become "socialized" to it? The authors of this book have done just that, using surveys with an extensive sample of over 17,000 children in the pilot and final field work. The final group of 12,000 were elementary school youngsters from the second through the eighth grade from eight cities from different regions in the United States. The sampling, and that included controlling for many variables such as socioeconomic status and intelligence, was quite meticulously done. "Groups were selected to include equal numbers of children of each sex, from seven grade levels, from a range of status backgrounds, and from the four major geographical regions of the United States; it was not feasible to investigate systematically the... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 70 Number 6, 1969, p. 570-572
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1919, Date Accessed: 10/20/2017 1:16:10 AM

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