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Title:What Do We Know About Knowledge? Citizen Competence, "Psychological Realism" and Political Information
Author(s):Schwieder, David William
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Kuklinski, James H.
Department / Program:Political Science
Discipline:Political Science
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Sociology, Public and Social Welfare
Abstract:My analysis also yields several larger points. First, knowledge has much in common with other political cognitions. Like attitudes, knowledge can result from constructed judgments, and, like attitudes or values, knowledge can comprise organized structures and systems. Second, though scholars typically assume that "more knowledge is better," more knowledge can sometimes have undesirable effects. Incorrect "misbeliefs" can skew attitudes, and when core preferences are advanced but not anchored this can also have undesirable effects. Third, previous research may have overstated the role of knowledge in facilitating "citizen competence." While I find that knowledge is important, I also find that cognitive skills are crucial as well.
Issue Date:2000
Description:166 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2000.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9971187
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2000

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