Date Thesis Awarded
Honors Thesis -- Open Access
Bachelors of Arts (BA)
Joel D. Schwartz
What can make can civic socialization in schools more effective? Drawing upon theories of political socialization and civic engagement, I hypothesize that high school government classes requiring active engagement will foster students who are more likely to participate in college activities of a political, democratic or social justice nature. Using an original panel survey of college freshmen at two institutions, I collected information on students' civics education in high school, their engagement patterns in college and also control variables such as demographics, behavioral tendencies and familial socialization. I then studied curricular variations in these students' high school government classes to see how these differences influenced their engagement levels during their first semester of college.
Anoll, Allison Penelope, "Creating Citizens: Civics Education, Civic Socialization and Engagement Patterns" (2009). Undergraduate Honors Theses. William & Mary. Paper 262.
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