Edited By Esther Thorson, Mitchell S. McKinney and Dhavan Shah
Chapter Fifteen: Measurement of Political Knowledge in American Adolescents
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Measurement OF Political Knowledge IN American Adolescents
ESTHER THORSON, SEOYEON KIM, AND JOONGHWA LEE
The purpose of the study reported in this chapter is to examine three subscales of a political knowledge test administered to high school students immediately after a November 2010 state election. Civics, Issue, and Political Player knowledge were related in different patterns to the variables that have most commonly been identified as stimuli for political learning: school-based political experiences, political discussions with others, news media exposure, and time spent with entertainment television. Our results support previous work on the assessment of citizens’ political knowledge, specifically Delli Carpini and Keeter’s (1996) argument that it is not theoretically useful to employ political knowledge scales that include a variety of unrelated questions about government structure and function, campaign issues, and candidates. The current analysis also extends research in this area as we focus specifically on the assessment of political knowledge among adolescents.
MEASUREMENT OF POLITICAL KNOWLEDGE IN AMERICAN ADOLESCENTS
What young people know about politics has long been considered a significant indicator of their progress toward becoming effective citizens, able to participate in political decision-making and to vote consistently with their own values and beliefs. Yet too often the operationalization of political knowledge is psychometrically poor, with scales including a randomly chosen set of questions, and with ← 289 | 290 → little attention to reliability or any form of validity (see critiques by Delli...
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