Civic education: What schools can do to encourage civic identity and action.
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|Discipline 1||Developmental psychology|
|Discipline 2||Educational research|
|Publication Title||Civic education: What schools can do to encourage civic identity and action.|
|Description||The timeliness of civic education for American youth is discussed. Particular attention is given to the history of calls for civic education, the state of civic education in schools today, particularly those serving youth in disadvantaged contexts, and the specific ways in which schools can better address the civic education needs of contemporary youth. Findings from research are synthesized around three strategic moves: 1) Promote public discussion and debate of critical issues; 2) Provide quality extracurricular and student government activities; and 3) Build on particular types of service that have proven to enhance civic participation in and identity with one's community. It is concluded that these activities can provide factual knowledge of history and government and encourage students to partake in active practices of the daily life of being citizens.|
|Publication Author||James Youniss|
|Publisher||Applied Developmental Science|