Event Title

High School Socioeconomic Status and Adolescent Political Socialization

Session Number

Project ID: BHVSO 11

Advisor(s)

Dr. Robert Bruno; University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Labor Employment and Relations

Discipline

Behavioral and Social Sciences

Start Date

22-4-2020 9:45 AM

End Date

22-4-2020 10:00 AM

Abstract

This study observes the effects of the socioeconomic status of high schools on the political orientations of students. Specifically, it investigates if a correlation exists between the political orientations of students and the wealth of a school district. Wealth in this context is defined as the percentage reached by the school district of a state-assigned adequacy funding target. School districts will be divided into brackets based on their funding adequacy percentage, as indicated on 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 their viewpoints on 8 political issues and will gauge how much students agree with specific liberal and conservative positions on each of these issues. Responses will contribute to an index on a scale from 0 to 1, with 0 being more liberal and 1 being more conservative. These values will represent individual political orientations, and their correlation with district socioeconomic status will be measured.

As of now, data has not yet been collected, but this process will be completed by the end of March. The survey will be administered in Innovations High School, East Peoria Community High School, along with Glenbard North, South, East and West High Schools. The total sample size will be 394 students across the six schools. The sample comprises students in social science and government classes, as this study would be most relevant to those classes.

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High School Socioeconomic Status and Adolescent Political Socialization

This study observes the effects of the socioeconomic status of high schools on the political orientations of students. Specifically, it investigates if a correlation exists between the political orientations of students and the wealth of a school district. Wealth in this context is defined as the percentage reached by the school district of a state-assigned adequacy funding target. School districts will be divided into brackets based on their funding adequacy percentage, as indicated on 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 their viewpoints on 8 political issues and will gauge how much students agree with specific liberal and conservative positions on each of these issues. Responses will contribute to an index on a scale from 0 to 1, with 0 being more liberal and 1 being more conservative. These values will represent individual political orientations, and their correlation with district socioeconomic status will be measured.

As of now, data has not yet been collected, but this process will be completed by the end of March. The survey will be administered in Innovations High School, East Peoria Community High School, along with Glenbard North, South, East and West High Schools. The total sample size will be 394 students across the six schools. The sample comprises students in social science and government classes, as this study would be most relevant to those classes.