SVIBOR - Project code: 5-04-279


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Project code: 5-04-279


Main researcher: VUJČIĆ, VLADIMIR (53576)

Type of research: basic
Duration from: 01/01/91. to 01/01/94.

Papers on project (total): 0
Institution name: Fakultet političkih znanosti, Zagreb (15)
Department/Institute: Faculty of political science, Zagreb
Address: 41000 Zagreb, Hrvatska (Croatia), Lepušićeva 6.
Phone: (041) 485-022
Phone: 385 (41) 485 022
Fax: 385 (41) 412 283

Summary: This reserach is directed at comparative analysis of the development of political culture and the processes of political socialization of youth in Croatia and internationally. This project has shown that political education in the principles of freedom and democracy is necessary in contemporary society, and that an education policy withaut political science instruction is flawed. Empirical research was conducted at the elementary school level, as previous international reserach (R. Hess and J. Torney, 1967; D. Easton and J. Dennis, 1967) has shown that this is the crucial point at which formation of fundamental political attitudes towards the nation, government, law, symbols, democracy, political efficinecy, etc. occurs in youth. This reserach has shown, for example, that a significant number of Croatian students have not formed opinions on democracy, political competance, national problems, government authority, etc. The formation of this attitudes in Croatian youth is at least two years later than in American youth. Compared to American students, Croatian students had a significantly lower level of political efficiency (awereness of possible individual political activity). Croatian students also lack a progressive increase in political efficiency with age, whereas with American students this is significant. Canonical factor analysis showed that the relations between the defined dimensions of political culture and conditions of political socialization are very complex. The reserach uncovered four such (canonical) dimensions.

Keywords: Political culture: attachment to system, political efficacy, party identification, political participation; Political socialization: process personalization, proces institucionalization of govrenment; Political education

Research goals: The goals of this project are: 1. to analize interpretations of political culture and political socialization. 2. to analize processes and models of political socialization. 3. to review the results of reserach on development of political culture, and the processes of political socialization in Croatia and internationally. 4. to researach development of political culture in primary students, with emphasis on development of respect for the nation, government, symbols, democracy, etc. and party identification. 5. to anlize methods of structurizing manifest political attitudes, and define the basic (latent) dimensions of political attitudes of youth. 6. to reserach determinants (sex, age, family, and school) and processes of development of fundamental dimensions of political culture. 7. to reserach and assess the theory about general depolitization of education. The defined goals are met. The results are useful in political education in schools (education in freedom and democracy). This reserach is being continued at higher levels of education.

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