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ERIC Number: ED441748
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 20
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From Eighth Grade Social Studies to Young Adulthood Voting and Community Service: National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 Eighth Graders.
Chapin, June R.
Using data from the National Education Longitudinal Study 1988 (NELS:88), a nationally representative sample of eighth graders in 1988, who were studies again in 1994 as was analyzed for three voting patterns: registered to vote (68.1%), voted in 1992 presidential election (45.5%), and voted last year in local or state election (30.6%) and community service (34.7%). Characteristics of the young adult voters were reported. Test scores do not tell the whole story for Asian-Americans and blacks or explain gender differences. The study analyzed the average grade in social studies courses, A and B students registered, voted significantly more, and did more volunteer work than C or below C students. Students who took three or more years of social studies courses were significantly higher on the three voting behaviors but there was not as consistent of a pattern for community service. Type of community service as well as characteristics of the participants were noted showing wide gender differences. Suggestions were made for further research using large databases, especially the issue of tracking in the social studies. Ultimately, future research needs to address the question: What changes in schools' and teachers' practice may better civic development for all students? (Contains 5 tables of data, notes, and 17 references.) (Author/BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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