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ERIC Number: EJ934961
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
ISSN: ISSN-1551-2169
Bonding, Bridging, and Boundary Breaking: The Civic Lessons of High School Student Activities
Shelly, Bryan
Journal of Political Science Education, v7 n3 p295-311 2011
This article presents evidence designed to expand scholarly knowledge of how high school co-curricular activities generate the positive effects previous scholarship has found. Studies of empowerment across various fields identify a sense of autonomy, self-belief, self-expression, the ability to work together with diverse others, and a critical social consciousness as key factors that can enable people to achieve things. The evidence presented here from four state student council association workshops suggests that co-curricular activities may create the conditions in which students can learn a sense of autonomy, self-belief, self-expression, and, to a limited extent, the ability to work with diverse others. Therefore, the causal mechanism that this study recommends future Large-"N" studies test is that co-curricular activities cause students to gain these traits, which then translates into the gains in civic behaviors and other positive outcomes. (Contains 9 notes and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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