IEA Releases Latest Results of the International Civic and Citizenship Education Study, ICCS 2022

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(Adnkronos) – THE HAGUE, Netherlands, Nov. 28, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Results reveal upward trends in ICCS stalled in 2022  Today, in an event hosted in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science in the Netherlands, results of the third cycle of IEA's ICCS 2022 were released. Targeted at students enrolled in the eighth grade, ICCS investigates the changing ways in which young people are prepared for their roles as citizens. This round of the study set out to address aspects related to global citizenship, sustainable development, migration, changes to traditional political systems, and the use of digital technologies for civic engagement, while also continuing to monitor changes in civic knowledge, attitudes, and engagement over time. The largest international, and only dedicated, study of civic and citizenship education Countries around the world face persisting and new challenges in educating young people for citizenship. Over the years, promoting young people's civic knowledge and dispositions toward active participation has become an increasingly important topic in education policy across many countries, as it fundamentally underpins the ability of citizens to engage productively in society. ICCS is the only international study dedicated to collecting and analyzing information on students' knowledge and understanding of concepts and issues related to civics and citizenship. Importantly, ICCS also studies young people's attitudes to, and engagement with, aspects related to civic and citizenship education. ICCS also collects rich contextual data on different aspects that help teachers to teach and students to learn. These include the organization and content of civic and citizenship education in the curriculum, teacher qualifications and experiences, teaching and classroom practices, school environment and climate, and home and community support. Commenting on the results, Dr. Dirk Hastedt, IEA Executive Director, said:  "These ICCS results come at a time when young people are facing unprecedented challenges. We have been seeing crises all around the world, including health and financial crises, war, and political turmoil. The 2022 results reveal many decreases in civic knowledge and no increases across countries when comparing to 2016 results. This marks a clear contrast to trend results of the previous cycle, where between 2009 and 2016 we instead saw increases and no decreases. Reliable statistics are what X-rays are for doctors: they help us to shape important decisions. The data available from ICCS can facilitate additional research on specific issues that can help in planning national reforms and can support the development of research on civic and citizenship at both the national and international level." About IEA  Founded in 1958, IEA is an independent, international cooperative working to research, understand, and improve education worldwide. 
Link to ICCS 2022 International Report  
Link to ICCS 2022 infographics
 Civic knowledge did not increase across countries that participated in 2016 and 2022. Female students demonstrated higher civic knowledge than male students.  Students from homes with a higher socioeconomic status demonstrated higher average civic knowledge than students with a lower socioeconomic background. Civic knowledge tended to be positively associated with a broad range of attitudes and engagement indicators.  Civic Engagement Civic Attitudes Photo –
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