Building Social Capital for Civic and Political Engagement: The Potential of High-School Civics Courses

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Discipline 1 Educational research
Discipline 2
Publication Title Building Social Capital for Civic and Political Engagement: The Potential of High-School Civics Courses
Description We employed a quasi-experimental design using pre/post surveys and comparisons with control groups to examine the impact of the Constitutional Rights Foundation's CityWorks (U.S.A.) curriculum. In particular, we assessed its ability to further democratic aims by supporting the development of three forms of social capital: norms of civic participation, social trust, and knowledge of social networks. Our evaluation indicates that this curriculum and several of its curricular features (use of simulations, role models, service learning, learning about problems in the community, learning how local government works, and personal relevance) have the potential to further the democratic purposes of education.
Publication Year 2006
Publication Author Joseph Kahne, Bernadette Chi, Ellen Middaugh
Publication Type Study
Publisher Canadian Journal of Education
Major Funders Surdna Foundation
Publication Link https://search-proquest-com.proxygw.wrlc.org/docview/62011311/37138C0CBB3A4BD3PQ/2?accountid=11243