ERIC Number: ED440035
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Some Reflections on the Past and Future of Research Concerning the Civic Engagement of Youth within the Context of the IEA International Civic Education Study.
In 1993, the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) decided to mount a 2-phase study of civic education, the first phase being more qualitative and the second more quantitative, to complete testing before the end of the 20th century and to be released early in the 21st century. Countries participating in phase 1 or phase 2 included the United States, Canada, England, Hong Kong, Australia, Chile, Colombia, and many European countries. The study's international chair, a developmental psychologist, was concerned about the meaning of civic engagement for young people in both newer and older contexts. The qualitative phase elaborated national case studies, which suggested that there is a common core of content topics across countries in civic education and that civic education should be based on important content that crosses disciplines. These case studies contributed to the design of phase 2 in which approximately 110,000 students age 14 and 16-18 from nationally representative samples were tested. The Phase 2 Release Report is due to be published in early 2001. Findings suggest that interdisciplinary collaboration and international cooperation can be very productive; there are ways to effectively engage students in area community service programs; qualitative research can make contributions; racism is pervasive and resistant to change; and there is a persistent gap in representation of women in political office. (Contains 18 references.) (BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.; Maryland Univ., College Park, Graduate School.; National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence (8th, Chicago, IL, March 30-April 2, 2000). Support also given by the William T. Grant Foundation of New York and the German Science Federation (DFG). For the IEA study (Phase I), see ED 431 705.