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ERIC Number: ED495238
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Pages: 23
Abstractor: Author
Civic Engagement and High School Academic Progress: An Analysis Using NELS Data. [Part I of An Assessment of Civic Engagement and High School Academic Progress]. CIRCLE Working Paper 52
Davila, Alberto; Mora, Marie T.
Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), University of Maryland
Using panel data from the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 (NELS), this study empirically analyzes the relationship between two forms of civic engagement--student government and community service--and educational progress made after the eighth grade by addressing the following questions. Does civic engagement affect academic progress in mathematics, reading, history, and science? Does voluntary community service differently influence scholastic progress compared to involuntary service, and does the frequency of this engagement matter? Are teenagers involved in civic activities more likely to acquire higher education than their peers? In general, the authors' findings indicate that civically-engaged high school students tend to make greater academic progress and are more likely to graduate from college than their peers several years later. (Contains 5 tables and 9 notes.) [This working paper was produced by the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE).]
Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE). University of Maryland, School of Public Policy, 2101 Van Munching Hall, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-2790; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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