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Education Values

Here is a list of qualities which parents can try to encourage in their children. Which do you consider to be especially important? Please choose three.

Eurobarometer 63.1

Here is a list of qualities children that children might be encouraged to learn at home. Please indicate for each of them how important you consider it to be (very important, fairly important, not very important, not at all important).

  • A sense of responsibility
  • Good manners and politeness 
    (EB 39.0: Good manners, except 44.0 / 44.1, 63.1)
  • Tolerance and respect for others
  • Ability to communicate with others
    (except EB 39.0, 63.1)
  • Independence 
    (EB 39.0: Self-reliance)  
  • Loyalty 
    (except EB 39.0, 63.1) 
  • Conscientiousness at work 
    (except EB 39.0, 44.0 / 44.1, 63.1) 
  • Thrift, not wasting money and other things 
    (EB 28 / 28.1: sparing money; modified in 39.0 and 63.1; not in 44.0 / 44.1)
  • Imagination 
    (EB 39.0, 44.0 / 44.1: ... and creativity)
  • Obedience
    (EB 44.0 /44.1: ... and respect for authority)
  • Religious faith
    (except EB 44.0 / 44.1, 63.1) 
  • Hard work 
    (only EB 28 / 28.1, 39.0 and 63.1)

Additional items in Eurobarometer 39.0

  • Determination and perseverance
    (also in EB 63.1)
  • Generosity
  • Love of life
  • Courage
  • A taste of life's pleasures
  • An appreciation of beauty

Additional items in Eurobarometer 44.0 and 44.1

  • Ability to adapt
  • A questioning mind
  • Developing efficient ways in working
  • Ability to think logically
ZA Study Number Eurobarometer Fieldwork Month Fieldwork Year Question Number Variable Name (1)
1713 28 10-11 1987 Q.144 V46-V56
2041 28.1 10-11 1987 Q.144  
1960 34.0 10-11 1990 Q.60 V168-V179
1962 34.2 10-11 1990 Q.10 V56-V67
2242 37.2 4-5 1992 Q.5 V35-V47
2346 39.0 3-4 1993 Q.82 V591-V606
2689 44.0 10-11 1995 Q.47(2) V376-V387
2690 44.1 11-12 1995 Q.97(2) V811-V822
4233 63.1 1-2 2005 QB5  

(1) Please note that the variable names refer to the final ICPSR/ZA codebook editions, if available. 

(2) Modified Question wording: "Here is a list of qualities. Could you tell me the three which seem the most important for a person to have?"