ERIC Number: ED435585
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
The IEA Civic Education Study: Expectations and Achievements of Students in Thirty Countries. ERIC Digest.
Torney-Purta, Judith; Schwille, John; Amadeo, Jo-Ann
This ERIC Digest reports on the origins, purposes, and methods of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) Civic Education Study. In 1993, the General Assembly of the IEA decided to carry out a two phase study of civic education. The goal of the two phase study was to identify and examine in a comparative framework the ways in which young people are prepared for their roles as citizens in democracies and societies aspiring to democracy. Both phases of the study were designed to provide information regarding 15 questions of interest to policymakers and educators. The three content domains covered in the study were: (1) democracy, democratic institutions, and citizenship; (2) national identity and international relations; and (3) social cohesion and diversity (including an understanding of discrimination). Phase 1 of the study was more qualitative and used interviews with experts on civic education, analyzed curriculum frameworks, national standards, and textbooks, and gathered information from focus groups. Twelve common themes were identified including: (1) there is a common core of content topics across countries; and (2) social diversity is an area of concern in nearly all countries participating in the study. Phase 2 of the study will analyze test data from 120,000 students aged 14 and 17-18 from the participating countries. The test instrument includes items about democratic principles, citizenship, political engagement, fact based instruction, and classroom climates. Teacher and school questionnaires also are to be administered. The release of the Phase 2 report will be in early 2001. (JH)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Citizenship Responsibility, Civics, Democracy, Democratic Values, Educational Assessment, Educational Planning, Evaluation Methods, Foreign Countries, Knowledge Level, Political Issues, Program Evaluation, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Student Evaluation
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Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, Bloomington, IN.
Identifiers - Location: Canada; Chile; Colombia; Hong Kong; Israel; Russia; Taiwan