Evaluation of the We the People Program: Student Knowledge

By Diana Owen

This study compares student knowledge outcomes of high school teachers who have experienced the We the People professional development program and instruct the associated curriculum with a control group who has not received the WTP PD.  It employs a quasi-experimental design without random assignment.  The research was conducted in schools across the state of Indiana during the fall semester of 2014.  The findings indicate that students in the WTP group scored significantly higher on a test of civic knowledge than the control group students.  The results demonstrate the effectiveness of the WTP PD in preparing students in civics and American government.

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