Political Knowledge and the Development of Civic Dispositions and Skills

06 February 2020, Version 1
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This study explores the proposition that knowledge of American government and politics is associated with heightened civic dispositions and skills. It find that quality civic education programs can increase civic knowledge, skills, and dispositions. Using middle and high school student data, the study establishes an empirical association between knowledge and dispositions, and to a lesser extent, civic skills. High-need students exhibited a strong connection between knowledge an dispositions. The association between knowledge and dispositions was stronger for high school students than for middle school students.


Civic Education
High-need students
Civic Knowledge
Civic Dispositions
Civic Skills

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