Just another brick in the wall? The relationship between classroom-based political education and the political interest of young adults in Switzerland

Stadelmann-Steffen, Isabelle; Sulzer, Linda (2018). Just another brick in the wall? The relationship between classroom-based political education and the political interest of young adults in Switzerland. Journal of Youth Studies, 21(4), pp. 550-573. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/13676261.2017.1395832

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This article asks whether political education at upper secondary school – i.e. shortly before or at the age when young people receive the right to vote – affects individual political interest as well as differences in political interest between social groups. Empirically, we use a novel data set combining individual student data with information on classroom-based political education as well as teacher characteristics. We do not find support for a more or less automatic and positive effect of classroom-based political education on young people’s political interest. Whereas we analyzed three dimensions of political education (knowledge, skills, arousing interest in politics), the skills dimension was the only one that exhibited a consistent positive (and mostly significant) relationship with young peoples’ political interest. Moreover, classroom-based political education seems not to compensate for a lack of political socialization at home but rather tends to affect students with politically interested parents most strongly.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science

UniBE Contributor:

Stadelmann, Isabelle and Sulzer, Linda Petra Maria

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISSN:

1367-6261

Publisher:

Taylor & Francis

Language:

English

Submitter:

Isabelle Stadelmann

Date Deposited:

02 May 2018 12:21

Last Modified:

25 Oct 2019 13:59

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/13676261.2017.1395832

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.113256

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/113256

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