for Civic Education
Research and Evaluation
We the People: Results of Pilot Test
A report to the Center for Civic Education
MPR Associates, Inc.
Executive SummaryIn 2003, MPR Associates, Inc., one of the nation's leading education research consulting firms, conducted a pilot study to find a valid measure to assess the program’s influence on student learning and attitudes. The study found significant increases in political knowledge and political participation among students who participated in We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution. This pilot study found evidence that students participating in the We the People program
Two sets of comparisons were made. In the first, students in AP courses that used We the People were compared with students in AP courses that did not use We the People. In the second, students in general education civics courses that used We the People were compared with students in general education civics courses that did not use We the People.
The Center plans to survey high school students in four states in Fall 2005 as part of a longitudinal study. In this study the same students will be queried over a period of six to eight years, allowing the Center to demonstrate links between their participation in civic education in high school and informed political engagement in later years.
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