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ERIC Number: ED437695
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
Pages: 41
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Closing Gaps in Political Knowledge: Effects of a School Intervention via Communication in the Home.
McDevitt, Michael; Chaffee, Steven
A model of family influence that reverses the traditional roles of parents and children is presented to explain the results of a school intervention that narrowed political communication and knowledge gaps between parents of high and low socioeconomic status (SES). Students' exposure to a civics curriculum stimulated adolescent news media use at home and discussions with parents about an ongoing election campaign. These discussions, in turn, stimulated parents to pay more attention to news and to gain political knowledge. Students in grades 5-12 and one parent of each family were interviewed in a quasi-experimental evaluation of the civics curriculum (N=457 pairs). Parents in low-SES homes had not been strongly socialized to politics in their own youth, but their children's exposure to the school intervention provided them a "second chance" at citizenship. This study highlights the capacity of the child to stimulate political communication in low-SES families. Contains 49 references, and 4 tables and 2 figures of data. Appendixes contain 2 additional tables of data. (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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