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ERIC Number: ED135705
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Education for Citizenship: A Bicentennial Survey. Citizenship/Social Studies Report.
Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. National Assessment of Educational Progress.
A survey of student attitudes and knowledge vis a vis the American political system is presented. Student performance in the areas of social behavior, political attitudes, political knowledge, and political education is described for 13- and 17-year-olds for seven variables--geographical region, sex, race, parental education, size and type of community, educational preparation, and political interest. The first chapter presents an overview of survey results. Findings indicate that 13- and 17-year-olds express similar social and political attitudes, have a high degree of respect for human rights, and favor political participation. The second chapter defines the variables and describes the conventions used to report the data. Social attitudinal trends, including opposition to discrimination, support for equal-housing opportunities and racial trust, are described in chapter three. An assessment of political attitudes is included in chapter four. Knowledge of criminal rights, court role, constitutional rights, presidential power, government functions, political parties, the United Nations, and methods of changing laws is measured in chapter five. The final chapter discusses political education in the schools. Findings indicate that course work in civics is an important factor in student performance and interest. (Author/DB) Primary type of information provided by report: Results (Selective).
Descriptors: Adults, Citizenship, Civics, Data Analysis, Democratic Values, Educational Assessment, Educational Research, Knowledge Level, Measurement, National Surveys, Political Attitudes, Political Issues, Secondary Education, Social Attitudes, Social Studies, Student Attitudes, Tables (Data)
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402 ($1.20 paper cover)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. National Assessment of Educational Progress.