Does school participatory budgeting increase students’ political efficacy? Bandura’s ‘sources’, civic pedagogy, and education for democracy

Norman P. Gibbs, Tara Bartlett, Daniel Schugurensky

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Abstract

Does school participatory budgeting (SPB) increase students’ political efficacy? SPB, which is implemented in thousands of schools around the world, is a democratic process of deliberation and decision-making in which students determine how to spend a portion of the school’s budget. We examined the impact of SPB on political efficacy in one middle school in Arizona. Our participants’ (n = 28) responses on survey items designed to measure self-perceived growth in political efficacy indicated a large effect (Cohen’s d = 1.46), suggesting that SPB is an effective approach to civic pedagogy, with promising prospects for developing students’ political efficacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-27
Number of pages23
JournalCurriculum and Teaching
Volume36
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Bandura
  • Civic education
  • Civic education gap
  • Civic engagement
  • Civic pedagogy
  • Deliberative civic pedagogies
  • Political efficacy
  • School participatory budgeting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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