|The study of the workings of
the national and local government, especially as the subject of a
secondary school course suited as training for
Education for civic engagement and responsive governance were founding
objectives of the political science profession at the beginning of the 20th
century and remain essential for the 21st century. Supporting and sustaining
quality civic education has been an important theme throughout the history of
the American Political Science Association.
Online Civics Resources
The Committee on Civic Education and Engagement assembled a list of resources to guide you through campaign and election season.
Election Information and Voter Education Links :
Learn more about organizations that promote civic education, youth activism, and service learning here.
Learn more about data and reports on civic education here.
Webinars for Teachers
An APSA sponsored webinar for high school teachers took place on October 12, 2016, and was led by Barry Burden, Professor of Political Science, Director of the Elections Research Center, and the Lyons Family Chair in Electoral Politics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His presentation focuses on how the party system in the United States has been changed and shaped during the course of the 2016 presidential election.
Pearson is hosting nine distinct webinars from November 14 through 18 to discuss the ramifications the election may have on various areas of government and policy. Each 45-minute session is free and features political scientists offering pedagogical ideas for the classroom. To learn more about these webinars, please visit the Pearson website.
Cengage is hosting a virtual symposium on November 10 with political scientists leading discussions about this election season. The symposium is free to join. Topics will range from analyzing the youth vote to the primaries to state politics. Learn more on the Cengage website.
Teaching Civic Engagement: From Student to Active Citizen
Alison Rios Millett McCartney
Elizabeth A. Bennion
About the Authors
This book provides an exploration of key theoretical discussions, innovative
ideas, and best practices in educating citizens in the 21st century. The book
addresses theoretical debates over the place of civic engagement education in
political science. It offers pedagogical examples in several subfields,
including evidence of their effectiveness and models of appropriate assessment.
Written by political scientists from a range of institution types and
Teaching Civic Engagement
makes the case that civic and political
engagement should be a central part of our mission as a discipline.
Including an online supplement to the
book which provides additional materials and resources on civic
Learn more about APSA books, articles and essays on civic education here.
Constitution Day and Citizenship Day
Constitution Day and Citizenship Day takes place each
September to commemorate the signing and adoption of the
Constitution on September 17, 1789. The day provides an opportunity
for students across the country to learn about the history and
meaning of the Constitution.
To learn more about civics, Constitution Day, and Citizenship Day
teaching resources, click
APSA has endorsed the Campus Compact 30th Anniversary Statement & Plan. Campus Compact is an organization committed to helping institutions of higher education promote civic engagement among students.
Learn more about Campus Compact and the 30th Anniversary Action plan.
APSA Committee on Civic Education & Engagement
The APSA Committee on Civic Education & Engagement focuses
on the contributions that higher education, and political science
in higher education institutions, are making or could make to
enhance the quantity and quality of civic engagement among young
Civic Education and Engagement Committee Members:
Term expiring August 31,
Kristin Goss, Duke University, Chair
Brian M. Harward, Allegheny College
Term expiring August 31, 2017:
Walter Wilson, University of Texas, San Antonio