CIRCLE (The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement)
conducts research on the civic and political engagement of young Americans.
The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement

Action Civics

June 14th, 2011
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CIRCLE is part of the National Action Civics Collaborative and helped to organize the first Action Civics Conference on June 10-11 in Chicago. According to the Action Civics Declaration:

Action Civics is an iterative process typically comprised of issue identification, research, constituency building, action, and reflection. The process is integral to building the skills, developing the knowledge and cultivating the values and behaviors mentioned throughout this document. During this process, adults provide the guidance and scaffolding for successfully launching youth-driven projects. Action Civics is not content area specific; what matters are the guiding commitments to:
• Action, especially collective action
• Youth voice, including experiences, knowledge, concerns, and opinions
• Youth agency, including action, authority, and leadership
• Reflection, especially as it enriches the process

For more, on Action Civics, see two recent Huffington Post articles: “Creating Good Citizens” and “Massachusetts Kids Fight for ‘Civic Ed’

– Peter Levine

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