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K-12 Civic Education

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Strengthening Democracy: Girls’ Leadership and K-12 Education

The troubling gender gap that can result in lower civic and political participation among young women can begin as early as middle school, which makes schools an important focus of research. That is the message of Taking the Lead: How Educators Can Help Close the Gender Leadership Gap, a new report on girls and women Read More >

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October 1st, 2014
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How Civics is Taught in America: A National Survey of Civics and U.S. Government Teachers

In 2013, CIRCLE surveyed a national sample of civics and U.S. government teachers for our Commission on Youth Voting and Civic Knowledge. More than 700 teachers responded to the survey and provided valuable information on over 1,000 courses that they taught. Today we release a new fact sheet with detailed data from that national teacher survey, along with key conclusions and recommendations.

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June 17th, 2014
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High School Civics Requirements and Assessments Vary Across the U.S.

Last month, we released a brand-new interactive map of civic education policy in the United States, which provides a state-by-state look at key policies, such as whether states assess social studies, what civics courses they require, and whether states have service-learning standards. We scanned all 50 states plus Washington, D.C. in early 2014, updating CIRCLE’s Read More >

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Youth Engagement in Extracurricular Activities and the Social Class Divide

Young people in the United States are starkly divided in how they use their leisure time. Some exclusively pursue their artistic or athletic passions and eschew other types of activities. Others spend their time on academic clubs, perhaps “building their resume” with an eye toward applying to selective universities. Still others are mostly disengaged from Read More >

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April 24th, 2014
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Harry, Hermione, Ron, and Neville – Portraits of American Teens’ Leisure Time Use

Today we are releasing CIRCLE Working Paper #80: “Harry, Hermione, Ron, and Neville – Portraits of American Teenagers’ Extracurricular Involvement, and Implications for Educational Interventions.” The ways American teenagers use their leisure time have evolved dramatically in the past few decades. These changes are not all good or bad for civic education, but they fundamentally Read More >

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March 31st, 2014
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