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A Debreceni egyetemisták értékvilága
The Value System Had by Debrecen University Students

Author(s): Béla Marián
Subject(s): Education, Theology and Religion, Higher Education , Evaluation research, Social development, Social differentiation, Sociology of Education
Published by: Akadémiai Kiadó
Keywords: Hungary; education; Debrecen University; value system; religious affiliation; tolerance;

Summary/Abstract: Only ten percent of students describe themselves as observant believers – that is, following the teachings of his/her denomination – which was the most distinctive factor between different groups of opinions revealed by the analysis. 61 percent of students belong to some kind of denomination, and 57 percent consider themselves believers to some extent (47% in its own way, 10% of which follow the teachings of his/her own Church). The value system had by non-religious students can be seen as an average. Apart from their lack of religious affiliation, there are no other distinguishing factors in relation to most students here. The group of university students who are religious to some extent can be divided to two groups based on different opinions held by them. The most important dimension of this separation is tolerance: the first group has an attitude of acceptance towards ethnic, social and cultural minority groups, while the second has a more exclusionary attitude. Tolerant religious students are more open and more susceptible to positive values than are their non-religious/less tolerant religious peers. Finally, also found was a fourth group of values: one tenth of students in Debrecen can be characterised as being very pessimistic, as having a negative psychological state and as being sceptical when it comes to positive values. The influence of the ‘spirit’ of the University of Debrecen can be seen in the difference between the older and younger students. In relation to a positive change, there is an indisputable role to be playing by someone’s maturing – though we should mention here that the university does orientate its students in the direction of more tolerance and having a stronger commitment to positive values.

  • Issue Year: 21/2012
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 272-286
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Hungarian