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Keywords:

  • political socialization;
  • cross-cultural studies;
  • civic education;
  • adolescent attitudes;
  • surveys

The recently completed IEA Civic Education Study collected data from 140,000 adolescent students in a total of 29 countries. A recent examination of the work of Nevitt Sanford shows that many aspects of the IEA Civic Education Study are parallel to methods and conclusions of his research from the 1950s through the 1970s and partake in the spirit of his work as well as extending it. These parallels include the use of a contextualized approach in the study of adolescents’ socialization and the value of studying groups with extreme response patterns.