Studies have established that socialization takes place in different stages of life. This study explores how political socialization occurs at The College of Wooster by examining changes in students' political identities as well as their perceptions towards a politicized issue, that is, climate change. These shifts in beliefs and concerns among students were evaluated by implementing quantitative research tools present in the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) and constructing a similarity network using Gephi to explore similarities across students at this institution. The results revealed that students have become more liberal after joining this college. The study also found that students have become more concerned about environmental issues, and have become more likely to practice behaviors that favor environmental sustainability. The findings also disclosed that the students' college peers were the most influential in inducing these shifts. The majority of the students had liberal-leaning identities before joining this college, so this study infers that students have adjusted their attitudes in order to adapt to this new social environment. Consequently, they have created a student body that is more liberal and pro-environmental.
Communication Studies; Mathematics
Lamichhane, Bijeta, "Environmental Socialization In College: A Survey Research And Network Analysis Of Changes In Climate-Conscious Concerns And Behaviors" (2022). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 9840.
Socialization, political socialization, climate change, graph theory, similarity network
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis Exemplar
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