Date Thesis Awarded

5-2009

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)

Department

Government

Advisor

Paul Manna

Committee Member

Joel D. Schwartz

Committee Member

Jeremy Stoddard

Abstract

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.

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Comments

Thesis is part of Honors ETD pilot project, 2008-2013. Migrated from Dspace in 2016.

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