ERIC Number: ED364149
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jan
College Students Talk Politics.
Creighton, John A.; Harwood, Richard C.
This volume reports on a study undertaken to determine views of college students themselves on civic life and politics and also follows four related studies and action research projects on the relationship between citizens and the political process. The central study was a series of 10 campus discussions in the focus group format, with college students in campuses across the nation. Those groups explored what college students believe it means to be a citizen, how students view politics today, how college students have learned what they know about politics and citizenship, how students would like politics practiced, and what opportunities students have for learning politics at the university. Key findings were that many students have concluded that politics is irrelevant holding a narrow view of politics; that students can imagine a different politics based on people coming together to find ways to talk and act on problems; and that students say they are not learning to practice politics as the political education they receive only reinforces everything they believe is wrong with politics. The volume closes by offering an agenda for changing how students view and participate in politics. An appendix describes the study methodology. (JB)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizenship Responsibility, College Students, Democratic Values, Higher Education, Political Attitudes, Political Socialization, Politics, Student Attitudes
Kettering Foundation, 200 Commons Road, Dayton, OH 45459-2799 (first copy free, additional copies $1.50 each).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Charles F. Kettering Foundation, Dayton, OH.
Authoring Institution: Harwood Group, Bethesda, MD.