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Methodological Lessons Learned from Conducting Civic Education Research in High Schools

  • Elizabeth C. Matto (a1) and Timothy Vercellotti (a2)

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With the growing size of the “Millennial Generation” and its potential impact on American democracy, the civic education of this cohort deserves study. Using news media and discussion of politics at home and in the classroom at four public high schools in New Jersey, we conducted an experiment to measure changes in media use, political knowledge, and political efficacy. Although the experiment generated useful substantive findings, we also learned important lessons about the challenges associated with conducting research in high schools. We present suggestions to aid in studying a crucial segment of the population: adolescents who are on the cusp of entering the electorate.

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Methodological Lessons Learned from Conducting Civic Education Research in High Schools

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