Youth Values: Analysis Outcomes of Latvia Secondary School Students’ Essays

Proceedings of ‏The 3rd International Conference on Research in Education, Teaching and Learning

Year: 2020

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Youth Values: Analysis Outcomes of Latvia Secondary School Students’ Essays

 

Zenta Anspoka

ABSTRACT: 

Youth’s awareness of values and critical judgemental attitude to them is an essential sustainable guarantee for society’s development.
According to the outcomes obtained within the State Research Programme “Latvian Language” (No VPP-IZM-2018/2-0002) the judgement can be made about what the real situation is. The goal of the research is to analyse 409 argumentative type texts, created independently by Class 12 students (17-19 year-old youth) of Latvia regional gymnasiums, secondary schools with Latvian language of instruction and minority secondary schools. Carrying out the content analysis of the essays as needed and the criteria based on the theory of values, a judgment can be made about the youth’s awareness and attitude towards such values as culture and education, social security, internal freedom, tolerance for diversity in the society.
The research data allow to conclude that youth’s awareness of values is essentially affected by global processes, economic and social changes in the society, informative environment and development of technologies. Freedom for the personality, the need for self-assurance in the society, security in the microenvironment and macroenvironment, also education as the quality of life provider are most appreciated by the youth.

Keywords: active learning; mind-map; mentoring; neurology; satisfaction.

Zenta Anspoka

Professor, Dr. paed. University of Latvia

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