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The Psychology of Citizenship and Civic Engagement$
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S. Mark Pancer

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199752126

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199752126.001.0001

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Building Citizenship through Research, Programs, and Policy

Building Citizenship through Research, Programs, and Policy

(p.164) 10 Building Citizenship through Research, Programs, and Policy
The Psychology of Citizenship and Civic Engagement

S. Mark Pancer

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews what we have learned about civic engagement. It then provides recommendations about what kind of research is needed to provide a fuller understanding of citizenship and to inform the development of programs and policies. These recommendations include conducting more research with marginalized populations, doing more multinational and multidisciplinary research, examining civic engagement as a process, utilizing more qualitative and mixed research methodologies, and examining the role of the Internet and social media. More needs to be done to evaluate programs and policies designed to build participation and to disseminate the knowledge that has already been generated. The chapter ends with recommendations about actions that can be taken to build civic engagement. These include focusing on young people, providing quality programs and activities, reaching out to those who are disengaged, providing more opportunities for involvement, and reducing systemic barriers to engagement.

Keywords:   marginalized populations, multinational research, multidisciplinary research, research, qualitative research, mixed-methods research, program evaluation, social media, Internet, knowledge dissemination

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