Civic Learning Research
The Institute for Citizens & Scholars is fundamentally rethinking how we prepare young people to be productive lifelong citizens. We must think beyond the high school civics class and consider all the places and ways young people build their civic capacities.
Research into civic learning is a vital foundation for all the work Citizens & Scholars does to shape an informed, productively engaged, and hopeful citizenry. This work began with and is informed by the 2019 whitepaper, From Civic Education to a Civic Learning Ecosystem.
A broader conception of civic education that that recognizes the long-term, multidimensional approach to young people gaining civic knowledge, practicing civic skills, and developing civic dispositions.
Civic learning encompasses learning both in school and in our communities, religious institutions, homes, and online.
A live, searchable database of 244+ organizations working in the civic learning space is available online. The organizations listed include 1.) those whose work is solely focused on civic learning, primarily among young people, 2.) those whose primary focus is tangential to civic learning but impactful in the space, and 3.) those whose work supports the overall health of the civic learning ecosystem.
The research database attempts to bring together research from the many academic disciplines that inform the field of civic learning. The database includes 215 articles or studies from the fields of education, political science, developmental psychology, sociology, philosophy, community psychology, environmental education, and community health.
The policy database contains a state-by-state listing of all the legislation and regulartions that explicitly address government and/or civics in the given state. Policies are organized into six categories: graduation requirement, curriculum framework, assessment required for graduation, assessment not required for graduation, accreditation, and civic education commission