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ERIC Number: EJ1160523
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2327-3585
Measuring the Relational Aspects of Civic Engagement and Action
Cohen, Alison K.; Fitzgerald, Jason C.
Journal of International Social Studies, v7 n2 p4-19 2017
Civic leaders who are highly and effectively engaged often have strong relationships with key stakeholders across institutions and communities. The prevalence and nature of these relationships is not known among those with more typical levels of civic engagement. We were interested in the perceptions of likelihood of individual versus community action on particular topics. We surveyed a random sample of residents of two neighboring French towns and found that people perceive their neighbors to be, on average, more engaged than they perceive themselves to be, and that few individuals can provide specific action steps for how they would tackle social issues in their community. These results suggest that teaching civic action skills, including how to identify key decision makers as possible allies, is important for civic educators.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: France
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