Perceptions of Democracy of Primary School Students

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Kus Z., Çetin T.

KURAM VE UYGULAMADA EGITIM BILIMLERI, vol.14, pp.786-790, 2014 (SSCI) identifier identifier


The aim of this study is to identify the perceptions of democracy of primary school students, identify the factors that affect these, and compare the results with those obtained from other countries. The research was carried out during the 2011-2012 school year with 1,667 students from the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades who were chosen from 26 cities in Turkey using the stratified sampling model. The Democracy Perception Scale was used as a data collection tool. According to the findings of the study, the democratic perceptions of primary school students differ according to their sex, what grade they are in, the education and income status of their parents, and where they live. The differences were found to be within the average of the scores of Turkey and the other 28 countries' scores where the study was conducted. It was concluded that the average score for the positive items of students who lived in Turkey was low whereas the perception of democracy scores for students in Turkey was high compared to the scores of students from the 28 other countries.