ERIC Number: EJ1144243
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Civic-Political Engagement: Developmental Science Comes of Age. Commentary on the Thematic Issue "The Development of Civic Engagement: Results from Longitudinal Studies"
International Journal of Developmental Science, v8 n3-4 p149-153 2014
In this commentary, the author states that a major step in bringing developmental studies into correspondence with other disciplines that give civic and political engagement central importance has taken place. The projects reported in this issue represent an important historical development within the discipline of developmental studies. Seen is a new generation of smart researchers using the best of methods to address issues that any intelligent observer would judge as constructive. Of added value is that most of the researchers themselves are young, therefore, assuring that more and better research is yet to come. Noteworthy issues addressed in this special issue are also being raised in associated disciplines such as: volunteering; long term engagement; and opportunities for engagement. By focusing on these and other issues, the contributors to the special issue have taken a substantive step to bring their discipline in alignment with the larger research community for which civic-political life is central to personhood.
Descriptors: Civics, Political Issues, Citizen Participation, Developmental Psychology, Foreign Countries, Research Methodology, Longitudinal Studies, Social Change, Financial Support
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