Sunday, June 15, 2008

Civic Knowledge and Engagement at Age 14 in 28 Countries: Results from the IEA Civic Education Study

I found today an old but good ERIC Digest relating to teaching citizenship skills to teenagers. It is titled Civic Knowledge and Engagement at Age 14 in 28 Countries: Results from the IEA Civic Education Study. It was written by Judith Torney-Purta, Joanne Amadeo, and Rainer Lehmann.

From the site:

The well being of any democratic society largely depends on its ability to instill in youth the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for active, informed citizenship. In many countries educators, researchers, and the public are concerned about engaging children and adolescents in civic life. As political, social, and economic structures change along with technology and access to information, the need to involve young people seems especially pressing.

What do fourteen-year-old students know about democratic institutions and processes? What skills do they possess to understand and interpret political communication? Do they hold concepts of citizenship and democracy similar to those held by adults in their societies? What role do schools and other civic organizations play in the civic development of adolescents? These and other questions were examined by researchers in 28 democracies during Phase 2 of the 1999 IEA Civic Education Study. The findings provide a snapshot of what young adolescents know and think about democratic institutions and processes as well as their attitudes and plans for future civic participation. This Digest discusses the origin and administration of the 1999 IEA Civic Education Study, the research design, and the findings of the study.

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