ERIC Number: ED485828
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jul
Reference Count: 7
"We the People" Curriculum: Results of Pilot Test. A Report to the Center for Civic Education
Hartry, Ardice; Porter, Kristie
Center for Civic Education
In the United States, civic educators are debating the need to mandate the inclusion of civic education in high school curriculum. This report describes the result of a pilot test for one curriculum, "We the People: the Citizen and the Constitution." In January 2003, the Center for Civic Education contracted with MPR Associates, Inc. to evaluate the "We the People" civic education curriculum. The evaluation included an assessment of student knowledge of civics and understanding of democratic principles and practices, as well as a measure of change in student attitudes towards civic and political participation. In Fall 2003, MPR conducted a pilot test of the knowledge assessment and survey instruments. The pilot test had two components: (1) A survey of student attitudes towards civic and political participation. This survey was administered at the beginning and again at the end of the course; and (2) An assessment of student knowledge about U.S. government and political history. The knowledge assessment was administered at the end of the course. Students who took courses using the "We the People" curriculum were compared with students who took courses using other civics curricula. This pilot study found evidence that students participating in "We the People": (1) Developed a greater sense of citizen responsibility and obligations to the community; (2) Had stronger feelings of political efficacy; (3) Scored higher on achievement tests of knowledge of U.S. government and civics; and (4) Showed greater interest in politics and current events.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: Center for Civic Education, Calabasas, CA.
Identifiers - Location: United States
What Works Clearinghouse Reviewed: Does Not Meet Evidence Standards
WWC Study Page: http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/study/81559