ERIC Number: EJ1071260
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
The Comparative Impacts of Social Justice Educational Methods on Political Participation, Civic Engagement, and Multicultural Activism
Krings, Amy; Austic, Elizabeth A.; Gutiérrez, Lorraine M.; Dirksen, Kaleigh E.
Equity & Excellence in Education, v48 n3 p403-417 2015
This cross-sectional, repeated measures, quasi-experimental study evaluates changes in college students' commitment toward, and confidence in, political participation, civic engagement, and multicultural activism. Our sample (n = 653) consisted of college students in a Midwestern university who participated in one of three social justice education course types (service learning, intergroup dialogue, or lecture-based diversity classes) or in an "introduction to psychology" course (the non-intervention group). After completion of a social justice education course, students reported an increase in political participation and multicultural activism, whereas students enrolled in the non-intervention group reported no changes in these measures. Service learning course participants started and ended their course with the highest reported levels of political participation, civic engagement, and multicultural activism but did not demonstrate an increase in any of the three outcomes. Intergroup dialogue participants demonstrated increases in all three outcomes, while participants of lecture-based classes focusing on social justice issues demonstrated increases in political participation and multicultural activism, but not civic engagement. Our findings suggest that participation in social justice education courses is associated with increases in political participation and multicultural activism.
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Social Justice, Introductory Courses, Psychology, Case Studies, Quasiexperimental Design, College Students, Student Attitudes, Political Attitudes, Citizen Participation, Activism, Cultural Pluralism, Intervention, Service Learning, Outcomes of Education, Lecture Method
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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