Becoming Political: Comparative Perspectives on Citizenship Education

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SUNY Press, 1998 - Education - 304 pages
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This book sheds light on the question: Under what conditions do democratic attitudes and values take root in youth? Using a comparative perspective, Becoming Political describes alternative forms of education for democracy and points to consequences of various alternatives in diverse settings. This study of civic education and adolescent political attitudes contains rich descriptive information from interviews with students and teachers and classroom observations in England, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States. Such qualitative information gathered over the past decade complements findings from surveys administered to students ages fifteen through nineteen in fifty schools in the five countries.
Chapters focus on civic education in the five countries, adolescent political attitudes and behaviors, gender and political attitudes, support for free expression for diverse views, and classroom climate and the investigation of controversial public policy issues. An appendix describes the varied political contexts in which youth in the five democracies are being politically socialized. The book will be of use to readers interested in social studies education, comparative education, and youth political socialization, as well as education for democracy.
 

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Contents

Studying Civic Education Setting the Stage
1
Becoming Political Adolescent Political Attitudes and Behaviors
19
Gender and Political Attitudes
103
Freedom of Expression and Civic Tolerance
131
Democratic Inquiry and Discourse Classroom Climates in CrossNational Perspective
177
Teaching Democracy
235
POLITICAL CONTEXT
249
NOTES
267
REFERENCES
283
INDEX
293
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Carole L. Hahn is Professor of Educational Studies, Emory University and is a past president of the National Council for the Social Studies.

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