ERIC Number: ED375047
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
We the People...and Civic Education: Summaries of Research.
Center for Civic Education, Calabasas, CA.
This collection of research findings by several organizations quantifies public ignorance of the U.S. Constitution and the success of the "We the People...The Citizen and the Constitution Program" in addressing the problem. Surveys by the American Bar Association, the Hearst Corporation, the National Assessment of Education Progress, the People for the American Way, the University of California at Los Angeles Higher Education Research Institute, and the United States Census Bureau indicate a poor public understanding of the principles of democracy and an apathetic attitude toward political participation. Intended to address this challenge for civic education, the "We the People...Program," designed by the Center for Civic Education, involves students in a rigorous study of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and provides for participation in congressional district, state, and national hearings. One research study has found that students involved in the program display more political tolerance and feel more politically effective than most adults and most other students. A second study concludes that high school students who have participated in the program demonstrate more knowledge of the history and principles of the Bill of Rights than students enrolled in high school civics and government classes using traditional textbooks. Reinforcing these research findings, the Educational Testing Service has characterized the "We the People"...program as a "great instructional success." (JD)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Constitutional History, Constitutional Law, Law Related Education, Secondary Education, Social Studies, United States History
Center for Civic Education, 5146 Douglas Fir Road, Calabasas, CA 91302 (free).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Center for Civic Education, Calabasas, CA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: United States Constitution