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Digest of Education Statistics: 2004
Digest of Education Statistics: 2004

NCES 2006-005
October 2005


Table 398. Civic knowledge and civic engagement of 14-year-old students, by country: 1999

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                                 |          |    Percentage of|   Percentage of students who believe that it is important or
                                 |    Civics|     students who|              very important that a good citizen:
                                 |     scale|    say that they|___________________________________________________________________
Country                          |     score|  are very likely| Votes in|  Joins a|  Engages in|   Participates in|  Takes part in
                                 |          |     or likely to|    every|political|   political|     activities to|  activities to
                                 |          | vote in national| election|    party| discussions| benefit people in|    protect the
                                 |          |        elections|         |         |            |     the community|    environment
_________________________________|__________|_________________|_________|_________|____________|__________________|_______________
1                                |         2|                3|        4|        5|           6|                 7|              8
_________________________________|__________|_________________|_________|_________|____________|__________________|_______________
OECD countries                   |          |                 |         |         |            |                  |
                                 |          |                 |         |         |            |                  |
Australia .......................| 102 (0.8)|      85    (1.0)| 89 (0.8)| 17 (1.0)|    34 (1.1)|      80     (1.0)|      74  (1.1)
Belgium (French)\1\ .............|  95 (0.9)|      69    (2.0)| 82 (1.4)| 24 (1.0)|    39 (1.4)|      54     (2.0)|      71  (1.7)
Czech Republic ..................| 103 (0.8)|      65    (1.7)| 66 (1.1)| 18 (1.0)|    29 (1.4)|      78     (0.9)|      84  (1.0)
Denmark\1\ ......................| 100 (0.5)|      91    (0.7)| 60 (1.0)| 17 (0.8)|    44 (0.9)|      86     (0.8)|      83  (0.7)
England .........................|  99 (0.6)|      80    (1.0)| 76 (1.1)| 20 (0.9)|    42 (1.3)|      78     (1.0)|      76  (1.1)
                                 |          |                 |         |         |            |                  |
Finland .........................| 109 (0.7)|      87    (0.7)| 59 (1.2)| 13 (0.8)|    23 (1.1)|      60     (1.0)|      74  (1.0)
Germany\2\ ......................| 100 (0.5)|      67    (1.1)| 69 (0.9)| 18 (0.7)|    43 (1.2)|      85     (0.9)|      72  (1.2)
Greece ........................... | 108 (0.8)|      86    (0.9)| 94 (0.6)| 49 (1.0)|    59 (1.0)|      90     (0.7)|      89  (0.7)
Hungary .........................| 102 (0.6)|      91    (0.7)| 81 (0.9)| 29 (0.9)|    21 (0.8)|      89     (0.6)|      77  (1.0)
Italy .............................| 105 (0.8)|      80    (1.1)| 84 (0.7)| 32 (1.0)|    49 (1.0)|      82     (0.7)|      79  (0.8)
                                 |          |                 |         |         |            |                  |
Norway\1\ .......................| 103 (0.5)|      87    (0.7)| 71 (0.9)| 21 (0.8)|    37 (1.0)|      83     (0.8)|      91  (0.6)
Poland ............................| 111 (1.7)|      88    (1.2)| 91 (0.8)| 35 (1.2)|    53 (1.4)|      90     (0.8)|      77  (0.8)
Portugal ........................|  96 (0.7)|      88    (0.8)| 71 (0.9)| 36 (1.1)|    40 (1.0)|      94     (0.6)|      92  (0.6)
Slovak Republic .................| 105 (0.7)|      93    (0.6)| 91 (0.7)| 23 (1.3)|    51 (1.0)|      87     (0.8)|      87  (0.8)
Sweden ........................... |  99 (0.8)|      75    (1.4)| 78 (1.0)| 21 (0.9)|    37 (1.5)|      83     (1.2)|      81  (1.3)
                                 |          |                 |         |         |            |                  |
Switzerland .....................|  98 (0.8)|      55    (1.3)| 68 (1.2)| 23 (1.1)|    42 (1.2)|      76     (0.9)|      70  (1.2)
United States .....................| 106 (1.2)|      85    (1.0)| 83 (0.9)| 48 (1.4)|    58 (1.1)|      88     (0.8)|      83  (0.8)
                                 |          |                 |         |         |            |                  |
Non-OECD countries               |          |                 |         |         |            |                  |
                                 |          |                 |         |         |            |                  |
  Chile .........................|  88 (0.7)|      74    (1.0)| 91 (0.6)| 46 (1.0)|    34 (1.1)|      88     (0.7)|      90  (0.5)
  Russian Federation\3\ .........| 100 (1.3)|      82    (1.0)| 80 (1.2)| 22 (1.4)|    28 (1.4)|      83     (1.1)|      81  (1.3)
  Slovenia ......................| 101 (0.5)|      84    (1.0)| 80 (0.8)| 30 (0.9)|    38 (1.0)|      78     (0.8)|      73  (1.0)
_________________________________|__________|_________________|_________|_________|____________|__________________|_______________

\1\Overall participation rate less than 85 percent.
\2\National Desired Population does not cover all International Desired Population.
\3\Did not meet age/grade specification.

NOTE: The international mean for these scales was set at 100 with a standard deviation of 20. Standard errors appear in parentheses.

SOURCE: International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), IEA Civic Education Study, 2001. (This table was prepared August 2002).