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Gender differences in the civic knowledge and attitudes of Finnish adolescents

Author(s) Virta, A  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2004  
Editor A. Ross, The Experience of Citizenship  
Language English  
Age group -  
The present paper reviews the similarities and differences in the achievement and civic attitudes of Finnish 14- and 15- year-old boys and girls (n = 6000) on the basis of the data collected in the IEA Civic Education Study 1999. There were no remarkable gender differences in civic knowledge, neither in the international (n = ca 90 000) nor the national sample, although the Finnish girls scored slightly higher than boys. The Finnish respondents, particularly females, trusted little on their own knowledge on society, and the females were less interested in politics than boys, while the males had more negative attitudes towards immigrants. The Finnish males were also more patriotic than females, but both expressed strong confidence in the society and social institutions.

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