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Consortium on Chicago School Research and Mills College. What Does the Research Say About Effective Civic Education at the High School Level?. Joseph Kahne Mills College Susan Sporte Consortium on Chicago School Research
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What Does the Research Say About Effective Civic Education at the High School Level?
Joseph KahneMills College
Consortium on Chicago School Research
Alternatives to Large, Traditional High Schools Event: CIRCLE, July 6, 2005
Share findings from a study in Chicago that examines the impact of these strategies.
Identify school level factors that promote the provision of these opportunities for civic development (including small schools).Goals of Presentation
Goal: The commitment and capacity to work to improve one’s community and the broader society.
Discussion of Current Events of Interest to Students (CMS #2)
Community Service and Service Learning (CMS #3)
Extracurricular Activities (CMS #4)
Voice in the School and the Classroom (CMS #5)
Simulations of Democratic Processes and Procedures. (CMS #6)
Exposure to Role ModelsSix Promising Practices
Civic Mission of Schools
“6 Promising Practices”
Capacitiesfor informed civic engagement
Connectionsto those committed to civic engagement
Commitmentsto issues and ideals
An identity committed to
Home and School Context
Parental Support for Student Learning (a=.82)
Level of Civic Engagement in each Student’s Community (a=.75)
School Culture Indicators
Student Classroom Behavior (a=.61)
Academic Personalism (a=.72)
Student/Teacher Trust (a=.78)
Classroom Civic Opportunities (includes CMS recommendations 2,3,5, and 6 + role models (a=.76)
Participation in after-school activities (CMS #4)
Content tied to student interest
Prior commitment to civic engagement
Student academic indicatorsMeasures, Cont’d
The effect size of these opportunities indicate that they matter quite a bit. Schools can make a significant difference in this regard.
Student voice in the school is the one exception—but student voice in the classroom did appear to matter.Interpretation
50% had not been required to keep up with politics of government in any of their classes.
56% had not participated in a role play or simulation in any of their classes.Prevalence of Classroom Opportunities in Past Year
Schools in Chicago could enhance the volume of these opportunities.
Small schools may make provision of such opportunities more likely.Summary