ERIC Number: ED178443
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
What Do Students Know about Politics? Initial Report on a Three-Year Study of Student Political Knowledge.
Hepburn, Mary A.
Effects of participation by 904 elementary and secondary school social studies students in a political education project are discussed. Objectives of the project, entitled Improving Citizenship Education (ICE), are to assess student political knowledge (factual information, generalizations, principles, thinking and participatory skills), before participation in the project and to collect data for a three-year study of political knowledge at grades three, eight, and twelve. The sample consisted of students in elementary and secondary school social studies classes involved in ICE and from classes in matched non-project schools. Measurement instruments were developed to assess student knowledge of national, state, and local government; democratic principles; politics; law; individual rights; and global affairs. Findings indicated that knowledge of politics for students in experimental and control classes was comparable. Recommendations include that educators should: make efforts to include citizenship education as a planned and systematic part of the K-12 social studies program, improve teacher education, mobilize support of the administration, and use school and community political education resources. Tables and references conclude the document. (DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (Washington, DC, August 30-September 3, 1979)