ERIC Number: EJ1046582
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Civic Orientation in Cultures of Privilege: What Role Do Schools Play?
Ballard, Parissa J.; Caccavale, Laura; Buchanan, Christy M.
Youth & Society, v47 n1 p70-94 Jan 2015
The context of privilege provides unique opportunities and challenges for youth civic development. A mixed-method approach was used to examine links between school-based community service, school climate, and civic orientation among students in cultures of privilege. Surveys completed by students (N = 376) at two private high schools--one with an extracurricular community service requirement and one without--suggest that students in the school without the service requirement report similar, and in some cases more positive, civic attitudes than students from the school with the requirement. Focus-group data indicated that the service requirement was viewed positively, but illuminated other school experiences that might promote community orientation in cultures of privilege, such as an emphasis on global awareness and making civic priorities fundamental to school identity.
Descriptors: Social Attitudes, Youth Programs, Citizenship Education, Mixed Methods Research, Correlation, Service Learning, Educational Environment, Civics, Citizen Participation, Student Attitudes, Private Schools, High School Students, Surveys, Focus Groups, White Students, Grade 12, Student Surveys, Volunteers, Rating Scales, Social Values, Peer Influence, Coding
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Grade 12
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