ERIC Number: ED308091
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
An Exploratory Survey of Four Groups of 1987 Graduating Seniors' Perceptions Pertaining to (1) the Qualities of a Good Citizen, (2) the Sources of Citizenship Influence, and (3) the Contributions of Social Studies Courses and Programs of Study to Citizenship Development.
Dynneson, Thomas L.; And Others
As a means of investigating the current status of citizenship education in the schools, this exploratory study was designed to study graduating high school seniors' perceptions of their citizenship experiences. A questionnaire was distributed to four schools in Texas, Minnesota, California, and Arkansas and data were analyzed using Boos's procedures modified for the use of Likert scale values. The three areas of investigation were: (1) the perceived qualities of the good citizen (10 qualities surveyed); (2) the perceived sources of citizenship influence (12 sources surveyed); and (3) the perceived contribution of courses and programs on citizenship (5 surveyed). "Participation in community or school affairs" was not considered by students to be an important contributor to good citizenship, while "concern for the welfare of others" and the "ability to make wise decisions" were. "Parents" and "friends" ranked highest as having the greatest influence on citizenship formation, with "coaches,""religious leaders," and "television and/or movies" ranked the lowest. "American History" and "Government" were seen by the students as being the most beneficial courses for citizenship education, and "elementary school social studies program" as the least beneficial. Each surveyed value was presented by a bar chart with scaled values, differentiated by state, with inferences on the data and a discussion of those survey results given. Each of the three investigation areas concludes with a cumulative Boos summary analysis, cluster ranking, and data analysis. Recommendations, three references, and a copy of the questionnaire are included. (PPB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Citizenship Development Study Center.
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas; California; Minnesota; Texas