Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Applicant / Contact person Kestilä-Kekkonen, Elina
Organisation Tampere University, from 2019
Project title Education, Political Efficacy and Informed Citizenship (EPIC)
Decision No. 323608
Decision date 24.05.2019
Funding period 01.09.2019 - 31.08.2023
Funding 480 000
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Project description
The project examines the impact that civic education in comprehensive school and upper secondary school has on young people’s political efficacy i.e. the extent to which they feel capable of understanding and influencing politics. Political efficacy is a core prerequisite in growing into active citizenship. In Finland, there exists significant differences between social groups, in particular as to education, gender and ethnicity. The projects collects and analyses three complementary data: a panel data of pupils, an ethnographic data in comprehensive schools and a cross-sectional survey for teachers. The research will increase decision-makers’ and citizens’ knowledge on how civic education increases or levels unequally distributed resources originating from different socioeconomic backgrounds. The research will be conducted at the University of Tampere.