ERIC Number: EJ1076979
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
Young Adolescents' Knowledge and Notions of Citizenship
Doppen, Frans H.; Feinberg, Joseph R.; Arrowood-Schultheis, Chelsie M.
Citizenship, Social and Economics Education, v13 n1 p14-25 Mar 2014
The purpose of this study was to use the US naturalization test as a springboard to gauge the citizenship knowledge and notions of young adolescent students in Ohio and Georgia. The participants' citizenship knowledge was partially measured by administering questions from the US naturalization test in two case studies. Students from a range of academic achievement levels were then selected to participate in interviews regarding their notions of citizenship. The findings show that the overwhelming majority of adolescents in this study dismally failed the naturalization test. When interviewed, the predominantly Caucasian participants from Ohio struggled to articulate universal conceptions of citizenship and were notably uninformed about justice-oriented citizenship. The more diverse participants from Georgia showed very similar results, however, with a few notable exceptions among the immigrant adolescents.
Descriptors: Citizenship, Citizenship Education, Tests, Student Evaluation, Knowledge Level, Adolescents, Case Studies, White Students, Middle School Students, Civics, Social Studies, Justice, Failure, Interviews, Qualitative Research, Grade 8, Grade 9
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Grade 8; Elementary Education; Grade 9; High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Georgia; Ohio