Civic Engagement and High School Academic Progress: An Analysis Using NELS Data

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Discipline 1 Political science
Discipline 2
Publication Title Civic Engagement and High School Academic Progress: An Analysis Using NELS Data
Description Using panel data from the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 (NELS), this study empirically analyzes the relationship between two forms of civic engagement—student government and community service—and educational progress made after the eighth grade by addressing the following questions. Does civic engagement affect academic progress in mathematics, reading, history, and science? Does voluntary community service differently influence scholastic progress compared to involuntary service, and does the frequency of this engagement matter? Are teenagers involved in civic activities more likely to acquire higher education than their peers? In general, our findings indicate that civically-engaged high school students tend to make greater academic progress and are more likely to graduate from college than their peers several years later.
Publication Year 2007
Publication Author Alberto Davila, Marie Mora
Publication Type Working Paper
Publisher CIRCLE
Major Funders Pew Charitable Trusts, Carnegie Corporation of New York
Publication Link https://civicyouth.org/circle-working-paper-52-civic-engagement-and-high-school-academic-progress-an-analysis-using-nels-data/