Content of Education: Testing the Farnen/Meloen Thesis

  • Russell F. Farnen
  • Jos D. Meloen


This chapter describes the results of an empirical test of the Farnen/Meloen thesis on student preferences about the content and style of education and their relationships to relevant political attitudes. Our main research problem is that education has clear political effects because some students stay in the school system longer than others and, therefore, the population varies in average levels of education and in the distribution and consumption of educational resources. Our thesis in this study has been that not only does achieved educational level have effects, but it also matters what is being taught, the content of teaching, and the process of education in general.


Political Attitude World Region Liberal Education World Model Education Attitude 
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© Russell F. Farnen and Jos D. Meloen 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Russell F. Farnen
    • 1
  • Jos D. Meloen
    • 2
  1. 1.University of ConnecticutUSA
  2. 2.University of LeidenThe Netherlands

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