High School Students' Acquisition of Civic Knowledge: The Impact of We The People

By Diana Owen

Knowledge forms the foundation for citizens’ engagement in political life.  A strong knowledge base facilitates individuals’ development of political attitudes that are predicated on more than just emotion, and fosters comprehension of how their own interests fit into a complex political system.  Using original survey data from a high school students in Indiana, this research finds that students who took a civics class with a We The People curriculum-trained teacher demonstrated higher civic knowledge than non-WTP students.