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ERIC Number: ED484008
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author/SAR
Strengths and Weaknesses in U.S. Students' Knowledge and Skills: Analysis from the IEA Civic Education Study. CIRCLE Fact Sheet.
Torney-Purta, Judith; Barber, Carolyn Henry
Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement
Ways of enhancing knowledge of political institutions, processes and positions are the focus of many prescriptions for improving civic education and civic engagement among young people. A recent data source including a rigorously developed test of knowledge, provides an opportunity to empirically compare the performance of students in the United States to those in 27 other democratic countries. These data come from the IEA Civic Education Study. The 90,000 14-year-old respondents were tested and also asked about the civic-related topics they had studied and about their expectations for political and civic participation. They were tested in 1999, meaning that they are eligible to vote for the first time in November 2004. These data allow for the examination of four important questions comparing young people in the United States to those in other countries. The following four questions are answered in this document: (1) In which content topics and areas of civic skills are young people in the United States relatively knowledgeable (and in which areas do they lack knowledge)? (2) Which groups of young people in the United States possess knowledge and skills in relation to civic and political matters (and which groups do not)? (3) How does the study of civic-related topics in school relate to civic knowledge? and (4) For which types of expected engagement is civic knowledge important (and for which types is it unimportant)? [Document produced by the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE).]
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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