Date of Award
Dr. Shane Nordyke
Dr. Julia Hellwege
Dr. Jing Williams
Civic Education, Civic Engagement, K-12, South Dakota
Curriculum and Instruction | Elementary Education | Elementary Education and Teaching | Junior High, Intermediate, Middle School Education and Teaching | Other Political Science
The South Dakota Department of Education (DOE) has emphasized the importance of civic education within the past four years. Since then, they have created various surveys and distributed them to the South Dakota K-12 teachers. This report discusses two surveys that were created for the purpose of helping the DOE in their efforts to increase the impact of civic education within the state and determine whether what they are currently doing is working on their students. The first survey was sent to SD K-12 teachers and the second to University of South Dakota students in order to compare the answers between the two sub-groups and their beliefs on whether civic education does impact a student’s level of civic engagement from K-12 schooling into adulthood. Because there were not enough respondents and the margin of error was too great, there can not be general conclusions drawn from this report. However, based on the respondents answers, the teachers do believe that civic education does impact their students through adulthood, but students believe that their schools have a lot of work to do before they can reach the same conclusion.
Marie Callahan, Katrina, "CIVIC EDUCATION IN SOUTH DAKOTA K-12 SCHOOLS: THE EFFECT ON STUDENTS FROM K-12 TO ADULTHOOD" (2020). Honors Thesis. 121.
Curriculum and Instruction Commons, Elementary Education Commons, Elementary Education and Teaching Commons, Junior High, Intermediate, Middle School Education and Teaching Commons, Other Political Science Commons