ECPR General Conference location:Potsdam date:10-12 September 2009
Thinking about the current challenges schools face in dealing with societies expectations regarding their potential as agencies of democratization, the theory regarding political socialization still seems of surprisingly relevant. On the other hand one can argue that a lot has changed since scholars wrote about political socialization earlier. With this article I want to create a political socialization framework for high schools taking into account the so called newer forms of political socialization through schools as service learning, community service and voluntary service- practices which put more emphasis on the individual student and not only on the school or the political system as such. Readjusting the political socialization framework will moreover mean that I will take into account findings from other disciplines, like psychology, sociology and educational sciences, with regard to socialization, while these disciplines are obviously interlinked when thinking about the political socialization of high school students. At the end of this article the framework will be put to the test empirically, using confirmatory factor analyses and structural equation modelling on the BYS 06-08-a longitudinal panel study of high school youth- pupils older than fifteen- in Belgium.