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ERIC Number: ED498908
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Nov
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Civics Curriculum and Civic Skills: Recent Evidence. Fact Sheet
Comber, Melissa K.
Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE)
In order for citizens to be capable of fully engaging in civic and political life, they must possess a minimum of civic skills. Civic skills include personal communication skills, knowledge of political systems, and the ability to critically think about civic and political life. Numerous civic skills have been identified theoretically, but only a few have been measured empirically. Recent debate has occurred over whether civics education classes in schools actually increase students' civic skills and civic knowledge. This fact sheet presents recent evidence that is relevant to this debate. In general, young people who report having taken civics or government courses in school also report that they possess more civic skills than students who have not studied civics. This relationship does not prove that classes affect skills. However, it is suggestive evidence, especially in connection with other studies and data sources that indicate positive effects from civics classes. (Contains 2 graphs and 11 endnotes.) [This fact sheet was produced by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and 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: http://www.civicyouth.org
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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