• Suzanne M. Chod
  • William J. Muck


The results of the American Political Science Association Task Force’s examination of civic education in the United States revealed inadequacies and called upon those who teach politics to act (APSA Task Force on Civic Engagement in the 21st Century 1998). The empirical studies of the declining levels of civic engagement, political knowledge, and efficacy of young people (Delli Carpini 2000; Galston 2004, 2007; Levine and Lopez 2002; Miller and Shanks 1996; Putnam 2000; Wattenberg 2002) along with the APSA Task Force recommendations, inform us that more must be done on the part of political science educators to engage the unengaged. In particular, because political socialization can solidify in college (Newcomb et al. 1967; Niemi and Jennings 1991), instructors can use the classroom as a platform to incite civic engagement and enthusiasm. With this as the case, the next question must be: how can this be done? What strategies and pedagogical tools can instructors use to foster civic engagement?


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