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ERIC Number: ED450034
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Dec
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
We the People...The Citizen and the Constitution: Knowledge of and Support for Democratic Institutions and Processes by Participating Students. National Finals, 2000.
Soule, Suzanne
The "We the People...The Citizen and the Constitution" program is an instructional program on the history and principles of U.S. constitutional democracy for elementary, middle school, and high school students. At the high school level, classes may choose to enter a formal competition, advancing from congressional district and state competitions to national finals. The competition is structured as a simulated congressional hearing which tests students' knowledge of the United States Constitution. In spring 2000, to assess the impact of the program on student knowledge of and support for democratic institutions and processes, a survey was given to students (n=345) participating in the national finals competition. The survey instrument, consisting of 43 open- and close-ended questions, incorporated questions previously administered to high school seniors, college freshmen, and/or adults in various national surveys. The responses of the competition's students were compared to respondents' answers on the national surveys. Findings revealed that, as compared with various representative national samples, students participating in the national finals competition of the "We the People..." program possess more knowledge of U.S. democratic institutions and processes. Compared to a representative national sample of high school students surveyed by the 1998 National Assessment of Educational Progress civics assessment, "We the People..." students as a group are more knowledgeable about every category of civic education delineated in the survey. (BT)
Center for Civic Education, 5146 Douglas Fir Road, Calabasas, CA 91302; E-mail: (; Web site: (
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Center for Civic Education, Calabasas, CA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: United States Constitution