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Is Political Science Raising Politicians? : The Influence of Civic Education on Political Ambition

Abstract Objective. Both the civic education literature and the political ambition literature leave a gap in addressing the impact of political science coursework on political ambition. I address this gap by specifying the relationships between civic education, political knowledge, and political ambition. Methods. I employ paired t tests, chi-square tests, and Fisher's exact probability tests on an original dataset of 174 paired pre- and post-test survey responses. My survey improves upon prior works in the ambition literature (Fox and Lawless 2013) by virtue of its field experiment design. Results. My findings indicate that political science coursework has a positive impact on political knowledge, but only among women, and that political scienc... (more)
Created Date 2014
Contributor Wiezel, Adi (Author) / Kittilson, Miki (Advisor) / Fridkin, Kim (Committee member) / Woodall, Gina (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Political Science / Education / Women's studies / Civic Education / Political Ambition / Political Knowledge / Socialization
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 82 pages
Language English
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Note M.A. Political Science 2014
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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