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ERIC Number: ED491130
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Aug
Pages: 21
Abstractor: Author
The Political Participation of College Students, Working Students and Working Youth. CIRCLE Working Paper 37
Jarvis, Sharon E.; Montoya, Lisa; Mulvoy, Emily
Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), University of Maryland
Education has long been a powerful predictor in understanding political participation and yet the paths toward earning a college degree have changed considerably in recent years. As tuition costs increase and as schooling option burgeon, today's youth are taking longer to finish their academic programs and are increasingly working as they do so. To learn more about the intersection of education, work and political participation, this paper reports data from a phone survey of over 1,000 19-23 year olds on (1) their schooling and work paths and (2) the political resources, opportunities and participation levels for three categories of young people: college students, working students, and non-college (working) youth. The data show that the most common path for this age group is that of the student worker. The data also show that these student workers report higher levels of political interest, political skills, political mobilization and political participation than their college student and working youth peers. This report suggests that there may be civic correlates to a schooling and work schedule as well as conceptual benefits to examining the education variable in tandem with other measurements that describe the contemporary youth experience. Appended is: Measurement of Schooling and Work Education. (Contains 5 endnotes and 4 tables.) [This Working Paper was prepared as part of the Work, Education, and Political Activity of Youth Project (WEPAY) and was produced by The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), University of Maryland; and the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Participation, The University of Texas at Austin. For CIRCLE Working Paper 38, see ED491122.]
Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), University of Maryland, School of Public Affairs, 2101 Van Munching Hall, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-2790; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.
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