Symposium on Civic Engagement Data
April 26, 2007
Arizona Bar Center
In attendance were: Dr. Bruce Merrill, Alberto Olivas, Dick Minor, Syd Golston, Christina Caro, Lilliana Hutcheson, Jeff Schrade, Amber Moss, Jenn Nickason, Joannie Collins and Kay Lapid.
The report on the data was distributed, and discussion focused on analysis of the data from different angles. Some of the points discussed were:
The results for Hispanics were similar to those for Anglos.
In the Hispanic culture, the definition of “volunteerism” may be different from the Anglo definition, in that many family and community based activities are considered routine, whereas Anglos may consider them to be volunteerism.
Of the 500 adults surveyed by phone, 10% were Hispanic.
Children’s values are set by middle school age = "status crystalization".
Our study was compared to other studies done around the country, with ours being the most comprehensive. North Carolina did a study in 2003, interviewing 600 people by phone. California’s 2006 survey included 1200 high school seniors who responded via the internet. Kentucky did a study in 2004 and New Hampshire’s study in 2006 was similar to North Carolina’s.
Some questions that were asked for analysis were:
What were the results from blended vs. nuclear families?
What were the student responses sorted by grade level?
What were the totals of each of the organized activities in Question #5?
Civics Coalition members are invited to request that any specific information pertinent to the advancement of the civic mission of schools be ascertained from the data. Please send your questions for analysis to Kay Lapid.