Video: Civic Engagement

If you missed the conversation be sure to check it out in the video clips.  Listen, think, and join in through the comments section.

  • What are the goals of civic education?
  • What are current competing interests and debates around the role of public education in children’s civic development?
  • How do claims by parents and political interest groups conflict with children’s rights to school-based conversations about civic engagement?
  • What are the important child/youth developmental capacities to foster children’s civic engagement?
  • What are the important institutional developmental capacities to foster public education’s support of children’s civic engagement?
  • What are the priorities for integrated research-practice projects?
  • What can schools do beyond civic education to promote the development of civic engagement?


Jennifer Astuto, Assistant Director, Child & Family Policy Center, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Psychology, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, New York University

Peter Levine, Director of Research and Director of CIRCLE (Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement), Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, Tufts University

Beth C. Rubin, Associate Professor of Education, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University

Lonnie Sherrod, Executive Director, Society for Research in Child Development, SRCD

Rod Watts, Ph.D., Professor of Social Welfare and Psychology, Hunter College School of Social Work and The Graduate Center



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