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The Student Attitude Survey

Resource Type
  • Sharp, Harry (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
Publication Date
  • Survey Research Laboratory of the University of Wisconsin, Madison (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • University, Research, the Sciences
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Post-compulsory education
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes / opinion
  • Abstract

    Political attitudes and college political conduct of American students. Topics: Attributes of an ideal professor and image of the professors at the college; contacts and communication with college instructors; self-image of students; evaluation of study conditions, education, research, instruction, mass operation and academic freedom at the university; most important goals of university education; reasons for the choice of the university city; assessment of the need for reform of American society; most important problems of the university; promotion of creative and critical thinking of students by professors; evaluation of appropriate methods of student protest; sympathy for the student demonstrations at the Berkeley University; personal political activities and willingness to participate in demonstrations; attitude to the civil rights movement, the Vietnam war, sexuality, the church and the government; judgement on the effect of political protest against the Vietnam war; perceived deceptions among students; diverse scales: among others satisfaction with studies, dogmatism and democracy; judgement on the student newspaper; length of studies; daily study time; performance certificates; average grade; occupational goal; working student; political orientation and change in attitude since start of studies; membership in college political groups; social origins and influence of parents on the decision for studies; contact with parents and political discussions; party preference of parents; media usage. Demography: age (classified); sex; race; marital status; family composition; number of children; religious denomination; religiousness; household income; housing situation; regional origins; military service.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1965
Geographic Coverage
  • Madison (US-WI-MSN)
Sampled Universe
Students of the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Random selection
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 767
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA0499 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • 1 (Type: VerbundFDB)
  • Allerbeck, Klaus R.: Soziale Bedingungen für studentischen Radikalismus: Eine vergleichende Untersuchung in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland und den Vereinigten Staaten. Köln, Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät, Diss. 1971.
  • Allerbeck, Klaus R.: Soziologie radikaler Studentenbewegungen: Eine vergleichende Untersuchung in der Bundesrepublik und den Vereinigten Staaten. München: Oldenbourg 1973.

Update Metadata: 2019-03-20 | Issue Number: 84 | Registration Date: 2010-07-21

Sharp, Harry (1965): The Student Attitude Survey. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Data Archive. Dataset.