Event Title

High School Climate and Adolescent Political Socialization

Advisor(s)

Dr. Robert Bruno, University of Illinois in Chicago School of Labor

Location

Room A123-1

Start Date

26-4-2019 10:45 AM

End Date

26-4-2019 11:00 AM

Abstract

This study will observe the effects of the socioeconomic status of high schools on the political orientations of students. Specifically, it will investigate how the class cultural norms of the student body and faculty transmit political views to students. It will also explore the correlation between left-right political orientations for social and economic issues and the wealth of a school district. Wealth in this context is defined as the percentage reached of a state-assigned adequacy funding target, and the school districts will be divided into brackets based on this statistic, taken from the Illinois Report Card.

The study will use a cross-sectional survey – validated by an expert in the field – across Illinois public school districts. The survey will ask students about various political issues – divided into social and economic categories – and will use this input to provide each student with a value on an 8-point political compass. In addition, there will be separate political compasses calculated for the social and economic categories. These values will represent individual political orientations, and their correlation with district socioeconomic status will be measured – this will be done for the general compass as well as the specific ones.

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Apr 26th, 10:45 AM Apr 26th, 11:00 AM

High School Climate and Adolescent Political Socialization

Room A123-1

This study will observe the effects of the socioeconomic status of high schools on the political orientations of students. Specifically, it will investigate how the class cultural norms of the student body and faculty transmit political views to students. It will also explore the correlation between left-right political orientations for social and economic issues and the wealth of a school district. Wealth in this context is defined as the percentage reached of a state-assigned adequacy funding target, and the school districts will be divided into brackets based on this statistic, taken from the Illinois Report Card.

The study will use a cross-sectional survey – validated by an expert in the field – across Illinois public school districts. The survey will ask students about various political issues – divided into social and economic categories – and will use this input to provide each student with a value on an 8-point political compass. In addition, there will be separate political compasses calculated for the social and economic categories. These values will represent individual political orientations, and their correlation with district socioeconomic status will be measured – this will be done for the general compass as well as the specific ones.