Civic Education

civ.ics siviks The 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.


2014 Midterm Campaign, Election and Voter Education Information



Constitution Day 2014
Constitution Day is September 17th, 2014. APSA, the Leonore Annenberg Institute for Civics of the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Civics Renewal Network invites APSA members to participate in a civics community outreach program for Constitution Day.  For more information, visit the APSA Teaching the Constitution or APSA Constitution Day teaching resources page.

During the 2014 APSA Annual Meeting, the Committee on Civic Education and Engagement collaborated with two DC area highschools for Constituion Day 2014. The school visits are part of the APSA siting and engagement committee's events that were held in conjunction with the annual meeting in Washington, DC. On Friday, August 29, 2014, two APSA members, Scott Abernathy of the University of Minnesota, and Niambi Carter of Temple University visited two DC schools, Friendship Collegiate Academy and St. Anselm Abbey, and made presentations on the Constitution, civics, civil liberties and civil rights.


Other Civic Education Resources

APSA Teaching and Learning Conference
The 2015 APSA Teaching and Learning Conference will be held in Washington, DC on January 16-18, 2015. For more information, please visit the APSA Teaching and Learning Conference page.



APSA Committee on Civic Education & Engagement
The APSA Committee on Civic Education & Engagement focuses on the contributions that higher education, and political sciences in higher education institutions, are making or could make to enhance the quantity and quality of civic engagement among young Americans.

Teaching Civic Engagement coverTeaching Civic Engagement: From Student to Active Citizen

Alison Rios Millett McCartney
Elizabeth A. Bennion
Dick Simpson 

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 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:




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