Findings from our research reveal several key points about the impact of iEngage…
- Increases in students’ civic competence (ability to get people to care about a problem, organize a public event) (LeCompte et al., 2020).
- Student gains in planned community engagement (volunteer work – cleaning/restoring environment) (Blevins et al., 2021).
- Interactions with guest speakers generate thinking about civic knowledge and civic action (Quinn & Bauml, 2018).
- Student gains in post-iEngage political engagement (organize a petition, contact with government officials) and political activism (participate in a march/boycott) (Blevins et al., 2021).
- Instances of students’ (and facilitators’) conceptions of “good citizenship” moving towards more participatory/change-oriented understandings (Blevins et al., 2018).
- Promotion of skills such as positive leadership; active and informed engagement, youth civic participation, and youth civic creation (Blevins et al., 2016).
- Gains in students’ ability to define and describe advocacy and root causes, and identify potential solutions to community issues (Blevins et al., 2016, 2020).
- Increases in students’ understanding of government processes and their willingness to engage in civic and political activities (Blevins et al., 2021).
- The iEngage Summer Civics Institute combines best practices in civic education rooted in inquiry-based instruction in an effort to increase young peoples’ political voice, as well as current and long-term civic participation (Blevins & LeCompte, 2018; Blevins et al., 2020).
- Preservice teachers serving as counselors communicate an increased understanding surrounding the impact of material, genuine civic experiences for students, the need for more active manifestations of citizenship, and the importance of making connections within the community (Magill et al., 2020).
Bauml, M., Smith, V. A., & Blevins, B. (2022). “Who Cares?”: Young Adolescents’ Perceived Barriers to Civic Action. Research in Middle Level Learning, 45(3), 1-20. https://doi.org/10.1080/19404476.2022.2033069
Bauml, M., Quinn, B., Blevins, B., Magill, K., & LeCompte, K. (2021). “I Really Want to Do Something”: How Civic Education Activities Promote Thinking Toward Civic Purpose Among Early Adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Research, 1-33. https://doi.org/10.1177/07435584211006785
Smith, V. A., Blevins, B., Magill, K. R., & Scholten, N. (2021). Sorting through citizenship: Using cognitive scaffolding to unpack adolescent civic identity formation. Journal of Social Studies Research. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jssr.2021.09.002
Smith, V. A., Magill, K. R., Blevins, B., & LeCompte, K. (2021). Change-oriented citizenship: Sorting through civic experiences. Middle Level Learning, 72, 7-12.
Blevins, B., LeCompte, K., Scholten, N., Magill, K.R., & Riggers-Piehl, T. (2021). The Impact of an Action Civics Program on the Community & Political Engagement of Youth. The Social Studies, 112(3), 116-120. https://doi.org/10.1080/00377996.2020.1854163
Blevins, B., Bauml, M., Scholten, N., Davis, T., LeCompte, K., & Magill, K. (2020). Using Inquiry to Promote Democratic Citizenship Among Young Adolescents During Summer Civics Camps. Citizenship, Teaching, and Learning, 15(3), 271-295. https://doi.org/10.1386/ctl_00035_1
Magill, K., Smith, V.A., Blevins, B., & LeCompte, K. (2020). Beyond the Invisible Barriers of the Classroom: iEngage and Civic Praxis. Democracy and Education. https://democracyeducationjournal.org/home/vol28/iss1/1/
LeCompte, K., Blevins, B., & Riggers-Piehl, T. (2020). Developing civic competence through action civics: A longitudinal look at the data. Journal of Social Studies Research. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jssr.2019.03.002
Blevins, B., LeCompte, K, & Bauml, M. (2018). Developing students’ understandings of citizenship and advocacy through action civics. Social Studies Research and Practice, 13(2), 185-198. https://doi.org/10.1108/SSRP-02-2018-0009
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LeCompte, K., Blevins, B., & Ray, B. (2017). Teaching Current Events: Using media literacy as a framework for critical thinking, effective communication and active citizenship. Social Studies and The Young Learner, 29(3).
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Blevins, B. & LeCompte, K. (2015). I am engaged: Action civics in four steps. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 27(4), 23-26.
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