ERIC Number: ED457102
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jul
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 2001.
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, and high school students. The program is based on curricular materials developed by the Center for Civic Education. At the high school level, classes may choose to enter a formal competition structured as simulated congressional hearings, which are excellent for testing students' knowledge of U.S. democracy, with the brightest classes advancing from congressional, district, and state competitions to the national finals. Twenty-one of the 51 classes that competed at the 2001 national finals in Washington, DC, were randomly selected to participate in the survey (n=345). Findings reveal that, compared with various representative national samples, students participating in the "We the People" program national finals competition possess more knowledge of U.S. democratic institutions and processes. This paper reports on the survey results and is divided into the following parts: (1) "Introduction and Summary of Findings"; (2) "Sampling and Methodology"; (3) "'We the People...' Participant Political Knowledge"; (4) "'We the People...' Participant Political Attitudes"; (5) "Student Feedback on the 'We the People...' Program"; (6) "Conclusion"; (7) "References"; and (8) "Attachment A (Survey Instrument)." (BT)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education, Competition, Democracy, Elementary Secondary Education, Group Activities, National Surveys, Political Attitudes, Social Studies, Student Participation, Student Surveys, Youth
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Civic Education, Calabasas, CA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: United States Constitution