Want to Rebuild Public Trust? Focus on Civic Education
Dec 8, 2020
Nationally representative survey results demonstrate how social studies teachers in U.S. public schools promote students' civic learning, teachers' beliefs about the importance of civic-related topics and skills, and which conditions they perceive as supporting or hindering civic education. This report, which is part of the Truth Decay initiative, extends analyses presented in other reports in the series.
Insights from the American Teacher Panel
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Public schools that serve students in kindergarten through grade 12 are responsible for not only promoting students' readiness for college and careers but also educating students to engage civically and contribute to their communities and country as adults. Civic education refers broadly to the process through which schools and other institutions help students develop knowledge, skills, and dispositions that will prepare them for civic life. Researchers conducted a nationally representative survey of elementary (kindergarten through 5th grade) and secondary (6th through 12th grade) teachers offering social studies in U.S. public schools. Results from this survey demonstrate how social studies teachers in U.S. public schools promote students' civic learning, teachers' beliefs about the importance of civic-related topics and skills, and which conditions they perceive as supporting or hindering civic education. This report, which is part of the Truth Decay initiative, extends analyses presented in other reports in the series.
Supports for Civic Development in U.S. K–12 Public Schools
School and Classroom Practices to Promote Civic Development
Teacher Preparation and Beliefs
Instructional Materials and Assessments to Support Civic Development
State, District, and School Context for Civic Education
Teacher-Reported Student Behaviors Related to Civics
Implications for Policy, Practice, and Research
Full Regression Results
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