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

June 2015 E-Update

June 24th, 2015
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Call for Guest Posts: Impact Measures

CIRCLE is seeking proposals for guest posts to our website,, on the topic of impact measures. We especially welcome writing on measures that can be adapted by other researchers and practitioners or discussions of how measures have been adapted. We welcome all types of measures of civic learning and engagement, but would be especially excited to feature posts about innovative or novel ideas for measuring impact and measures appropriate for diverse contexts and by diverse people.

This call is part of a new guest post initiative, beginning this summer and fall. We will organize 6-month series of guest posts on topics that are timely and significant to youth engagement fields. We will promote discussion on each post, compile them into a “series proceedings,” and host online conversations.

For more information and instructions on submitting a proposal, click here.

Research on Media Literacy and Implications for Youth Engagement

Recent research by the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, the home of CIRCLE, has explored how the news media can affect democratic practices and civic engagement.

A study of a Bloggingheads TV debate series found that people who viewed a conversation in which ideological opponents conceded a point by their interlocutor decreased their polarization, increased their understanding of alternative viewpoints, and deepened their interest in the issue.

Research with the Center for Public Integrity found that individuals who read investigative journalism on campaign finance were more informed, alarmed, and likely to say that they wanted to do “something” about it.

These studies, conducted by CIRCLE researchers, have significant implications for youth engagement work.

Read more.

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CIRCLE Director Co-Writes Article on Female Political Leadership

The Spring 2015 issue of Diversity & Democracy features an article by CIRCLE Director Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg and our Tisch College colleague Nancy Thomas titled “Run Like a Girl … for Office: How Higher Education Can Advance Gender Equity in Politics.”

The article examines the challenges girls face at all educational levels and various difficulties that confront women  when pursuing political careers; explores the role of higher education in building or undermining women’s confidence; and offers recommendations to help improve gender equity.

Read the full article here.

Follow Frontiers of Democracy

This weekend we’ll be at the 2015 Frontiers of Democracy conference hosted by our home organization, Tisch College.

This annual gathering brings together researchers, practitioners, community organizers, and other leaders to discuss pressing issues in civic engagement.

Watch a live stream of the conference’s “short takes” here, and follow the conversation on Twitter: @TischCollege #DemFront

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