CIRCLE (The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement)
conducts research on the civic and political engagement of young Americans.
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Working Papers

In-depth analysis on a particular issue in the field of civic engagement can be found in CIRCLE’s working papers.

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Reforming Civic Education: Three Case Studies

Today, we release a short fact sheet that describes three recent civic education policy changes. We also release a longer paper that takes an initial look at the process behind each proposal and some of the issues faced by the educators tasked with implementing them.

March 17th, 2014
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FEATURED: Extracurricular Activities May Increase Likelihood of Voting

CIRCLE Working Paper #73 finds that participation in extracurricular activities, in general, promotes voting, though some activities (notably, some sports) decrease it.

September 8th, 2010
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FEATURED: The Classroom-Kitchen Table Connection: The Effects of Political Discussion on Youth Knowledge and Efficacy

CIRCLE Working Paper #72 addresses whether efforts to systematically incorporate media into school curricula increases several elements of civic engagement, including students’ media use, political knowledge or their sense of being able to understand and influence politics (internal political efficacy)

September 8th, 2010
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FEATURED: Youth Attitudes Toward Civility in Politics

In a recent report entitled, Nastiness, Name-calling & Negativity: The Allegheny College Survey of Civility and Compromise in American Politics, the authors found that average citizens are upset about incivility, although they differ by ideology, gender, and media use. “CIRCLE Working Paper #71″ focuses on the newest generation of voters,

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August 30th, 2010
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Working Paper 05: Promoting Positive Citizenship: Priming Youth for Action

In working paper #5, authors hypothesize that influences in early adolescence lead to civic engagement in late adolescence. Civic engagement in late adolescence then leads to civic engagement in young adulthood.

April 1st, 2003
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