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Civic Education & Engagement

civ.ics siviksThe study of the workings of the national and local government, especially as the subject of a secondary school course suited as training for citizenship.

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.  

Teaching Civic Engagement: From Student to Active Citizen

Alison Rios Millett McCartney
Elizabeth A. Bennion
Dick Simpson 

About the Authors

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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 subfields,  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 education:

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 here.

Campus Compact

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 Americans. 

Civic Education and Engagement Committee Members:

Term expiring August 31, 2016:

  • Kristin Goss, Duke University, Chair
  • Brian M. Harward, Allegheny College

Term expiring August 31, 2017:

  • Walter Wilson, University of Texas, San Antonio           
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