ERIC Number: ED265083
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Jun-7
Effective Participation: A Standard for Social Science Education.
Miller, Jon D.
The effect of social studies courses on post-high school political participation was studied. Data from two studies--"The National Longitudinal Study of the Class of 1972" and "The High School and Beyond Study of the Class of 1980"--were analyzed. A trichotomous measure of effective participation was used: those persons who engaged in no political activity; those who limited their participation to voting; and those who engaged in political activities other than voting, regardless of whether or not they voted. Results indicated that exposure to social studies courses at the high school level was not related to actual level of political participation seven years after high school. The study showed no differential effects on minority students. Finally, the study showed the pervasive influence that social class plays in the American political system. Youngsters from high socio- economic status (SES) households had a disproportionately higher chance to be enrolled in an academic program in high school and to be very active in extracurricular events than did students from middle and low SES homes. Political participation was strongly associated with both an academic program and extracurricular participation. (RM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Social Science Education Consortium (Racine, WI, June 5-7, 1985). For related papers, see SO 016 602-605.