Civics and Citizenship Assessment

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Citizenship education, Civics, Lower secondary years


A Comparative Study. Paper presented at the 51st annual conference of the Comparative and International Education Society in Baltimore (United States), 25 February-1 March.


It is over the ten years since IEA last investigated civic education, and in that time new challenges have emerged in educating young people for their roles as citizens in the 21st century. These challenges have stimulated renewed reflection on the meanings of citizenship and the roles of and approaches to civic and citizenship education. In many countries there is a growing interest in using evidence to improve policy and practice in civic and citizenship education. The purpose of the International Civic and Citizenship Education Study (ICCS) is to investigate the ways in which young people are prepared to undertake their roles as citizens in a range of countries. The study will report on student achievement on a test of conceptual understandings and competencies in civic and citizenship education. It will also collect and analyse data about student dispositions and attitudes relating to civic and citizenship education. The study builds on the previous IEA study of civic education (CIVED) undertaken in 1999. A website with information about ICCS can be found at . It is recognised that there is substantial diversity in the field of civic and citizenship education within and across countries. Consequently, maximising the involvement of researchers from participating countries in this international comparative study is deemed to be of particular importance for the success of this study. Input from national research centres will be sought throughout the study and the consortium will develop strategies to encourage country contributions to instrument development as well as to the dissemination of results. This document will give an overview of the study and summarise the different aspects of its implementation. It also outlines the structure of the assessment framework and the process of the development and implementation of instruments as well as the benefits for participating countries.