ERIC Number: ED460881
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Dec
Secondary Education and Political Attitudes: Examining the Effects on Political Tolerance of the "We the People..." Curriculum.
Brody, Richard A.
Based on a 1993 survey of 1,351 high school students from across the United States, this report demonstrates that students in high school civics, government, and U.S. history classes display more "political tolerance" than the average citizen. The study also establishes that students in classes using all or part of the Center for Civic Education's "We the People..." curriculum are more tolerant than students following other curricula. The We the People... program fosters increased tolerance, the report states, because it promotes higher levels of self-confidence and the perception of fewer limits on students' own political freedom. The higher the level of participation in the "We the People..." stimulated congressional hearing competition, the greater the likelihood of students' opposition to limits on free assembly, due process rights, and freedom of speech, press, and religion. (Contains 24 references.) (LH)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Civics, Civil Liberties, Civil Rights, Constitutional History, Constitutional Law, Curriculum Evaluation, Democracy, Democratic Values, Dissent, Due Process, Equal Protection, High Schools, Law Related Education, Political Attitudes, Program Evaluation, Secondary School Curriculum, Social Studies
Center for Civic Education, 5146 Douglas Fir Rd., Calabasas, CA 91302.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Civic Education, Calabasas, CA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: United States Constitution
IES Cited: ED438285