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ERIC Number: EJ750398
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 20
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-0380-2361
Civic Duty: Young People's Conceptions of Voting as a Means of Political Participation
Chakera, Ottilia; Sears, Alan
Canadian Journal of Education, v29 n2 p521-540 2006
Many citizens have disengaged from participation in civic life with a resulting call for new initiatives in civic education. Many of these programs have had little research on citizens' prior conceptions of participation. In this article, we provide a map of the conceptions of civic participation, specifically voting, held by two groups: recent African immigrants to Canada and native-born Canadians. Youth understand voting as a key element of democratic governance, a hard won democratic right, and a duty of democratic citizenship yet most indicate they do not plan to vote because voting does not make a difference. (Contains 1 table and 1 endnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Canada