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ERIC Number: EJ1082940
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Dec
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1381-2890
Citizenship Orientations and Knowledge in Primary and Secondary Education
Geboers, Ellen; Geijsel, Femke; Admiraal, Wilfried; ten Dam, Geert
Social Psychology of Education: An International Journal, v18 n4 p749-767 Dec 2015
Despite widespread attention to citizenship in educational practice, knowledge of the citizenship of students is still fragmented. We therefore present a comprehensive framework to integrate empirical data and theoretical insights into the citizenship of young people today. To develop and validate the framework, we conducted exploratory and confirmative factor analyses on measures of citizenship attitudes, skills, reflection and knowledge for a sample of 7,768 students in grades 5-9 from 38 Dutch primary and secondary schools. The results were cross-validated using a different sample of 15,940 students in primary and secondary education. We were able to distinguish four citizenship orientations among students ("societal interest," "prosocial ability," "reflective thinking" and "assertiveness") and two domains of citizenship knowledge ("societal knowledge" and "interpersonal knowledge"). This framework can help with the large-scale, empirical evaluation of the effects of citizenship education and also guide schools in the formulation of educational goals to support the development of citizenship competences among students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Secondary Education; Middle Schools; Junior High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands
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