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ERIC Number: EJ995709
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jan
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-0042-0859
Preparing for Democracy: How Community-Based Organizations Build Civic Engagement among Urban Youth
Shiller, Jessica T.
Urban Education, v48 n1 p69-91 Jan 2013
The National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) shows a civic knowledge gap similar to the achievement gap, showing urban youth struggling in particular. However, research has shown that urban youth can be civically engaged when they are involved in projects or organizing intended to improve community conditions, not simply absorbing civic knowledge. This article shares findings from case studies of two Bronx-based community organizations that have successful models of civic engagement with urban youth. The findings reveal the practices that the adults use in the organizations to get urban youth civically engaged and to develop a "civic identity". (Contains 2 tables and 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress