London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

The level of civic attitudes in the Czech Republic

Author(s) Lašek, J. & Vacek, P.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2011  
Editor P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell, Europe's Future: Citizenship in a Changing World  
Age group -  
This paper presents the results of a survey of civic attitudes and virtues in more than 300 respondents from the Czech Republic. The applied survey tool was a questionnaire investigating attitudes and behaviour in various situations of everyday life. There were 46 question items in the questionnaire, covering four areas of civic attitudes (independent variables) – Good Living Together With Others, Citizens and Their Rights, Pride and Nationalism and Relationships with Oneself and One’s Closest People. More than twenty years after the Velvet Revolution, the lowest results still remain in the Citizens and Their Rights category, which does not display any significant shift in perception and utilization of civic rights. The four factor level and respondents’ age corresponded very closely - the younger the respondent, the lower the level. This appears to be a major concern because the younger generation shows the least developed civic attitudes in spite of not living in the past political system. This fact stresses the importance set on all the institutions educating children to become future citizens (family, school, mass media) in terms of a need to get rid of the negatives and stereotypes associated with the educational institutions of the past period. Key words: citizenship, civic attitudes and values, Czech Republic, variables, civic education

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