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ERIC Number: ED530008
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar-17
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Review of "The Shaping of the American Mind: The Diverging Influences of the College Degree & Civic Learning on American Beliefs"
Marchant, Gregory J.
Education and the Public Interest Center
The Intercollegiate Studies Institute report, "The Shaping of the American Mind: The Diverging Influences of the College Degree & Civic Learning on American Beliefs," suggests that college is failing to provide an adequate education in civic knowledge and is also influencing graduates to become less supportive of American values. Desirable "civic learning" about American values is associated with positions and attitudes that are anti-abortion, pro-free-market economics, consistent with fundamentalist Biblical interpretations, and otherwise generally associated with contemporary conservative political positions. The bulk of the report focuses on contrasts of college graduates and non-graduates on these political values, based on a civics test administered as a telephone survey. "Civics knowledge," as they define it, is presented as of greater value than college education. The study suggests that more educated people are more liberal, yet the omission of basic information about the researchers' polling methods, their fundamental analytic techniques and their actual results renders any such conclusions insupportable. Consequently, the report offers no valid information that could inform policy makers or the public. (Contains 11 notes.)
Education and the Public Interest Center. School of Education, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309. Tel: 303-447-EPIC; Fax: 303-492-7090; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice
Authoring Institution: University of Colorado at Boulder, Education and the Public Interest Center; Arizona State University, Education Policy Research Unit
Identifiers - Location: United States