Teaching M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Wickam, Molly


The purpose of this thesis is to apply knowledge gained from reviewing the literature on promoting youth civic engagement through various educational methods in a Social Studies classroom. The history of civic education, current state of civic education and the importance of civic education is introduced to support the purpose of the research. Literature on service-learning, youth organizing, debate, and youth participatory action research is reviewed to give the benefits and challenges of using each educational method in a secondary Social Studies classroom. An application emphasis is included to further discuss the audience, sustainability, and resources needed to introduce civic educational methods into a secondary Social Studies classroom. Limitations of the research and future research needs are also noted.

Degree Name

Teaching M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis