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CIRCLE Working Paper 57: Best Practices in Civic Education: Changes in Students’ Civic Outcomes

by Amy K. Syvertsen, Constance A. Flanagan, & Michael D. Stout

August 2007graph

CIRCLE Working Paper #57 examines the association between activities regularly used in high school civic education courses (e.g., staging a mock election) and their impact on key student outcomes. The authors looked at a range of usual practices used by social studies teachers and assessed whether various practices had a demonstrable impact on targeted civic outcomes for students.

The study is based on two waves of surveys with 1,670 students ages 14-19 from 80 social studies classes in the United States. Classes were recruited from a pool of teachers throughout one mid-Atlantic state who had expressed interest in training in an election-based curriculum.

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One Response to “CIRCLE Working Paper 57: Best Practices in Civic Education: Changes in Students’ Civic Outcomes”

  1. Kristy Verdi Says:

    I am interested in similar research at the middle school level. I am currently doing a literature review and I am interested to know anyone is aware of such a study.

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