ERIC Number: EJ1129630
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Youth Citizenship at the End of Primary School: The Role of Language Ability
Eidhof, Bram B. F.; ten Dam, Geert T. M.; Dijkstra, A. B.; van de Werfhorst, H. G.
Research Papers in Education, v32 n2 p217-230 2017
Schools are expected to fulfil different types of goals, including citizenship development. An important question is to what extent schools can simultaneously promote different learning outcomes. In this paper, we investigate the relationship between language ability and youth citizenship. Using a representative sample of 2429 grade 6 pupils (age 11-13) in 138 primary schools in the Netherlands, our findings confirm that language ability is strongly associated with pupils' youth citizenship outcomes, in particular with citizenship attitudes and knowledge. Contrary to popular belief, we conclude that stimulating pupils' language development need not compete with investing in pupils' citizenship development. Rather than a trade-off, our findings suggest a positive relationship between language ability and citizenship development.
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Citizenship, Language Skills, Correlation, Grade 6, Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes, Knowledge Level, Core Curriculum, Role, Tests, Questionnaires, Reading Comprehension, Reading, Reading Tests, Grade 3, Regression (Statistics), Likert Scales
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 6; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools; Grade 3; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands
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