CIRCLE (The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement)
conducts research on the civic and political engagement of young Americans.
The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement

Concepts of Citizenship

This series of research products addresses definitions and theories of the role of citizens. Some of the research is empirical (about concepts that people believe) and some of it is normative and conceptual (defending or criticizing concepts).

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Special Report: The 2006 Civic and Political Health of the Nation

by CIRCLE Staff October 2006 The 2006 National Civic and Political Health Survey (CPHS) is the most up-to-date and detailed look at how young Americans are participating in politics and communities and their attitudes towards government and current issues. In this report we examine the civic engagement of young Americans and adults across 19 core Read More >

October 13th, 2006
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Working Paper 45: Youth Civic Engagement: An Institutional Turn

by Peter Levine and James Youniss February 2006 “The papers in this collection were written by an interdisciplinary group to address two main questions: What conditions deter young people’s involvement in politics and civic life? What reforms could enhance youth engagement? Most of the contributors met face-to-face in Washington, DC in March 2005 to discuss Read More >

March 19th, 2006
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Special Report: Higher Education: Civic Mission & Civic Effects

by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and CIRCLE March 2006 The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and CIRCLE jointly release a consensus report by 22 scholars that explores the civic effects of attending college and the benefits of various approaches to civic learning in higher education. The authors represent the Read More >

March 15th, 2006
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Working Paper 39: Modern Universities, Absent Citizenship? Historical Perspectives

by William Talcott September 2005 “The historical study of university campuses can tell us much about the changing character and presuppositions of citizenship. Likewise, the study of citizenship can shed considerable light on the nature of universities.” Download here (PDF).

September 1st, 2005
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Around the CIRCLE– V3.I1 August 2005

Download the latest edition of CIRCLE’s quarterly publication (v3.i1–August 2005), Around the CIRCLE, from here.  This issue includes the following articles: Around the Circle is designed to provide you with snapshots of the latest research on youth civic engagement and civic education. The newsletter features regular columns: Table of Contents Impact of Participation in Service-Learning Read More >

August 13th, 2005
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