International Civic and Citizenship Education Study
The IEA International Civic and Citizenship Education Study (ICCS) 2009 investigates the ways in which young people are prepared to undertake their roles as citizens in the 21st century in a range of countries.
ICCS 2009 builds on two studies in this area conducted by IEA in 1971 in 9 countries and 18 years later in 1999 in 28 countries. It reports on student achievement in a test of knowledge, conceptual understanding, and competencies in civic and citizenship education. It also provides evidence on student dispositions and attitudes relating to civic and citizenship.
Teacher and school questionnaires gathered information about the context in which students learn about civics and citizenship, including teaching and class management practices, and school governance and climate.
The national context survey collected information about the provision of civic and citizenship education in each participating country.
Three regional modules for countries in Asia, Europe, and Latin America address issues of civic and citizenship education of special interest in these parts of the world.
For more detailed information visit the ICCS study homepage.
ICCS 2009 assessed students enrolled in the eighth grade (provided that the mean age at the time of testing was at least 13.5 years). In order to enable a link to CIVED, participating countries which tested a different grade in 1999 assessed the same grade in addition to the internationally defined target grade.
Participating educational systems
Austria, Belgium (Flemish), Bulgaria, Chile, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, England, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong SAR, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Poland, Russian Federation, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and Thailand.
ICCS 2009 was initiated in October 2006. The field trial took place in October 2007 - January 2008, followed by the main survey in October 2007 - December 2008 (Southern Hemisphere countries) and in February - May 2009 (Northern Hemisphere countries). An initial findings report was published in June 2010. The extended international report and European report were released in November 2010, and the Latin American report was published in April 2011. The international database together with the user guide were released in June 2011, followed by the technical report in November 2011 and the Asian report in September 2012. The encyclopedia will be released in 2012.
ICCS 2009 is directed by a consortium consisting of three partner organizations: The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) in the United Kingdom, and the Laboratorio di Pedagogia Sperimentale (LPS) at the Roma Tre University in Italy. The international study center is located at ACER with Dr. John Ainley as project coordinator and Dr. Wolfram Schulz as the research director. Mr. David Kerr (NFER) and Dr. Bruno Losito (LPS) are the associate research directors of the study.
As in other IEA projects, international coordinators cooperate closely with the IEA Secretariat, the IEA Data Processing and Research Center, and the study's national research coordinators.
Tasks of the IEA DPC in conducting the study
In ICCS 2009 the IEA DPC is responsible for the following tasks:
- Sampling and weighting (in close cooperation with Jean Dumais from Statistics Canada, who has been appointed the sampling referee for ICCS 2009)
- Developing software for sampling within schools and data entry
- Developing software tools for data quality control
- Software quality control
- Preparing international codebooks
- Setting up and maintaining a tool for collecting data for some instruments on-line
- Conducting data management seminars and supporting participating countries regarding sampling and data entry
- Documentation of national adaptations of the survey questionnaires
- Data cleaning and producing preliminary statistics
- Preparing the international database
- Conducting seminars on analyzing the international database
For further information about ICCS 2009, please contact the ICCS 2009 International Study Center.
Falk Brese & Michael Jung
IEA Data Processing and Research Center
Phone: +49 40 48 500 611
Fax: +49 40 48 500 501