London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Structure and levels of young citizens' responsibility

Author(s) Szabó, É., Secui, M. & Kőrössy, J.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2013  
Editor P. Cunningham (ed.) Identities and Citizenship Education: Controversy, crisis and challenges  
Age group -  
Civic engagement is influenced by several special competences. There is no consensus identifying these civic competences, but some similarities can be found in defining civic skills. The aim of this study was to explore three civic competences: sense of responsibility, self-efficacy and proactive attitude. Connection of these competencies has been explored in Romanian and Hungarian adolescent sample, as well as the hypothesized structure of responsibility was tested. Data of 193 high school students confirmed two levels of sense of responsibility. Competence model was created after conducting linear regression analysis. The model proved that responsibility predict proactive attitude indirectly, and self-efficacy mediate this connection. After discussing the results some suggestion is given for teachers concerning the development of civic competencies. Keywords: civic engagement, civic competences, sense of responsibility, self-efficacy, proactive attitude, adolescence

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