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Creating Citizens: Civics Education, Civic Socialization and Engagement Patterns

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Author: Anoll, Allison Penelope
Advisor: Manna, Paul
Committee Members: Schwartz, Joel D.; Stoddard, Jeremy
Issued Date: 2009-05-08
Subjects: Civic Engagement
Civics Education
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10288/1182
Description: What can make can civic socialization in schools more effective? Drawing upon theories of political socialization and civic engagement, I hypothesize that high school government classes requiring active engagement will foster students who are more likely to participate in college activities of a political, democratic or social justice nature. Using an original panel survey of college freshmen at two institutions, I collected information on students' civics education in high school, their engagement patterns in college and also control variables such as demographics, behavioral tendencies and familial socialization. I then studied curricular variations in these students' high school government classes to see how these differences influenced their engagement levels during their first semester of college.
Degree: Bachelors of Arts in Government


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