English title: Does Formal Education Have an Impact on Active Citizenship Behaviour?

Author(s): Bryony Hoskins - Béatrice D’Hombres - Joann Campbell -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2008


In the European context Active Citizenship has been promoted within the education and training Lisbon Strategy as a tool to support the continuation of democracy, human rights and greater social inclusion. In this article the authors analyse the impact of education on Active Citizenship and contribute to the existing debates relating to education levels and participation. The results of their analysis uniformly suggest that there is a significant democratic return associated with formal education. Indeed, using a large sample of individuals from the 2006/2007 European Social Survey, it was found that education is positively and significantly correlated with Active Citizenship behaviour. Tertiary education has by far the biggest impact and this impact is the strongest for the domain of Protest. The findings are robust to the introduction of a large set of control variables and to alternative measures of educational attainment.

Volume: 7

Issue: 3

From page no: 386

To page no: 402

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.2304/EERJ.2008.7.3.386

Journal: European Educational Research Journal

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