|Author(s)||Krzywosz-Rynkiwicz, B. & Zalewska, A.|
|Editor||A. Ross & P. Cunningham, Reflecting on Identities: Research, Practice and Innovation|
The aim of this research is to find out how young people understand key social problems, identify sources of their knowledge of them and describe their reaction towards them. More precisely, how do young people understand key social issues?’ where does their knowledge come from? and does the level of optimism towards key social issues seen from a local perspective depend on age, sex and ecological niche?. 372 pupils schools, aged between 11 and 17 underwent the test. Data was collected: on their opinions, their optimism/pessimism, and their sources of information. The research used qualitative and quantitative methods, a rarely implemented triangulation method that helps to select key questions and relationships as well as to explain their sources and mechanisms.