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Organization for Comparative Social Research: Seven Nation Study (ICPSR 7239)

Principal Investigator(s): Rokkan, Stein


This study surveyed primary and secondary school teachers in Belgium, Great Britain, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden, using the same questionnaire across all countries. France has 350 respondents, Norway 400, Germany 365, Sweden 443, the Netherlands 400, Belgium 400, and England 400. Questions in the first section of the interviews were directly related to the respondents' roles as teachers: their job satisfaction, estimates of the prestige of their jobs, comparisons of secondary and grammar school teachers and public and private school teachers, suggested educational reforms, teaching experience, and the influence of teachers as professionals on political and international affairs. In addition, respondents were asked open-ended questions probing their tolerance of political differences, their attitudes toward war, national defense efforts, and world government, their optimism or pessimism regarding international events, perceptions of other nationalities and their government's relationship with other countries, their identification of interest groups with influence in the government, and their political identification. Demographic variables include sex, age, marital status, number of children, other professional experience, and war experience.

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Study Description


Rokkan, Stein. Organization for Comparative Social Research: Seven Nation Study. ICPSR07239-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1976. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07239.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07239.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Cold War, demographic characteristics, education, elementary education, international affairs, job expectations, job satisfaction, occupational status, perceptions, political affiliation, political influence, private schools, public schools, schools, secondary education, standard of living, teacher attitudes, teachers, teaching (occupation), worldview

Geographic Coverage:    Belgium, Europe, France, Germany, Global, Great Britain, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden

Time Period:   

  • 1953

Date of Collection:   

  • 1953-01--1953-05

Universe:    Primary and secondary school teachers from Belgium, Great Britain, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    A separate sample was drawn in each country, with an intended size of 400 respondents, of which 300 were to be primary school teachers and 100 secondary school teachers, regardless of the actual national ratios of primary to secondary school teachers. For each subsample respondents were then randomly selected within geographical and other strata chosen to reflect the major distributions of teacher characteristics within the country.

Data Source:

personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-05-03

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