Civic Engagement Scholarship: What We Can Learn from the Research

14 April 2022, Version 2
This content is an early or alternative research output and has not been peer-reviewed at the time of posting.


We review articles from PS: Political Science & Politics that inform pedagogy designed to promote civic knowledge, skills, and engagement. Our analysis provides an overview of these articles so that practitioners and scholars can quickly and easily reference existing research and use best practices when designing their own course curriculum, assignments, and training programs. Many of the articles we review provide detailed descriptions for easy replication. This literature review identifies useful, actionable, and broadly relevant practices that can be easily deployed to promote civic knowledge, skills, engagement while simultaneously addressing the problems of political polarization, incivility, and democratic backsliding.


civic engagement
civic education
community engagement
American politics
active learning
experiential learning
digital media
social media
civic discourse
local government
civic skills
civic knowledge
literature review


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