Forging Lifetime Citizenship: Statistics

graph1-futureeng-WEBThere were statistically significant differences in students’ future civic engagement between students who scored as follows on current civic-media efficacy:

– 3 and all values equal to and over 3.75
– 3.25 and all values equal to and over 3.75
– 3.5 and all values equal to and over 3.75
– 3.75 and 4.25, 4.75, and 5
– 4 and 4.25, 4.75, and 5
– 4.5 and 4.75, and 5

Efficacy Rises with Journalism Experience: Statistics

Journalism Experience Graph

There is a statistically significant difference in media-civic efficacy between first-year journalism students and students who take journalism for two or more years.

There is a statistically significant difference in media civic efficacy between journalism students who contribute to a news publication and those who do not contribute to a news publication.

Lighter Teacher Control: Statistics

Teacher Control Graph

There are statistically significant differences in media-civic efficacy between students whose teachers scored as follows on the teacher control questions:

– 1.25 and 1.75
– 1.5 and 1.75
– 1.25 and 2
– 1.5 and 2
– 1.25 and 2.25
– 1.5 and 2.25
– 1.25 and 2.5
– 1.5 and 2.5
– 1.25 and 2.75
– 1.5 and 2.75

Positive School Climates: Statistics

School Climates GraphThere was a statistically significant difference in media-civic efficacy between students in schools that scored below average on school climate and students in schools that scored above average on school climate.

Student survey

If you would like your students to take the civic-media efficacy survey, you can:

  • Direct them to take it using this link.
  • If you would like to paste the full link, it is: https://journalismku.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_2fyIWmJrcLr2xYp

To request the results of your students’ surveys, please email Peter Bobkowski (bobkowski@ku.edu). The survey asks each respondent for his/her name and school; we will use this information to batch your students’ responses and send them to you.

Examples of letters to the editor

Writing a letter to the editor or publishing a blog post that expresses an opinion on an issue can serve as the first step to using journalism for civic purposes. Before they write their own letters or blog posts, it may be helpful for students to read letters from their peers that have been published in newspapers.

Below are links to recent letters to the editor authored by high school students.