ERIC Number: EJ1098872
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Knowledge about the European Union in Political Education: What Are the Effects of Motivational Predispositions and Cognitive Activation?
Weisseno, Georg; Landwehr, Barbara
McGill Journal of Education, v50 n2-3 p413-432 2015
This study investigates the effectiveness of political science classes in Germany. It analyzes whether or not 1,071 students in the 9th and 10th grade showed increases in knowledge after participating in the lesson series. This analysis focuses on the competence dimension "subject-specific content knowledge" as well as on the motivational predispositions "academic self-concept" and "interest in politics." It also examines the instructional characteristics "inclusion of students" and "cognitive activation" from the students' perspective. One's academic self-concept and interest in politics, as well as cognitively activating instruction, have a moderately positive effect upon educational success. Social inclusion correlates with all constructs except subject-specific content knowledge.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Political Science, European History, Knowledge Level, Grade 9, Grade 10, Control Groups, Experimental Groups, Pretests Posttests, Gender Differences, Predictor Variables, Achievement Gains, Student Surveys, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 9; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; High Schools; Grade 10
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Germany
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