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In 'Providing world-class school education : research conference 2002 proceedings', pages 54-59. Melbourne : ACER


This paper describes the Australian content for the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) Civic Education Study and the conduct of the IEA in Australia. The IEA concept of civil knowledge and attitudes towards the civics knowledge of Australian students is discussed. Some general trends and influences identified in the meta data are considered. The author discusses the value of comparing student responses and activities across like countries and considers what the data shows about the total civic knowledge of Australian students and the extent of their civil engagement.