CIRCLE (The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement)
conducts research on the civic and political engagement of young Americans.
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April 2013 E-Update

April 26th, 2013
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New CIRCLE Fact Sheet Shows how Promising Practices in Civics Boost Students’ Civic Knowledge

A new CIRCLE fact sheet by Lead Researcher Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, entitled “Do Discussion, Debate, and Simulations Boost NAEP Civics Performance?” finds that exposure to these three recommended teaching practices boosted civic knowledge scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

Unfortunately, exposure to the three practices did not reduce the race- and class-related achievement gaps on the NAEP Civics. In most cases, advantaged students appeared to gain more than less advantaged students from receiving these experiences. That means that if these practices were offered to all students without other changes, gaps in NAEP civics scores would actually grow. Find more details on the findings here.

CIRCLE Lead Researcher Speaks on Young Women & Political Leadership at the White House

Last Monday, CIRCLE Lead Research Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg spoke at a White House conference on girls’ leadership and civic education. The purpose of the conference was to discuss how to close the gender gap in public leadership by educating and engaging young people.

To read the full remarks click here, and follow the CIRCLE website for more information on women and civic engagement later in the week.

Young People and 2014 Midterm Elections

Even though it’s been barely five months since the 2012 election, conversations about the 2014 midterm and future election cycles are already underway. Data from past midterm elections predict that, unless things change, young people are likely to be less engaged than they would be in a presidential year.

Here’s what we can expect in 2014 from young people and what can be done to boost midterm youth turnout.

Stay connected to CIRCLE on facebook and twitter to learn more. Sign up here for CIRCLE’s monthly e-update.

Upcoming talks on Higher Education, the Economy and Civic Engagement

Join us for upcoming talk with CIRCLE Director Peter Levine:

– June 7th, American Democracy Project (ADP) Conference:  plenary address entitled “A Defense of Higher Education and its Civic Mission” by CIRCLE Director Peter Levine. Find out more information here

Deadline for NSLVE Extended!

NSLVE offers colleges & universities an opportunity to measure student registration and voting rates. This study is easy, free, and does not involve any surveys.

We’re in the process of creating comparison groups so that institutions can compare themselves with aggregate rates of their peers. Sign up NOW if you want to join a group.

Register for Frontiers of Democracy!

Do you work on or think about issues involving public engagement, deliberative and participatory democracy, collaborative governance, educating for democracy and civic learning, public work, building social capital or any form of strengthening democracy? Register for Frontiers here.

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