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Fall Into the (Knowledge) Gap: An Examination of the Political Knowledge of Adolescents in Co-Educational and Single Sex Environments
Unformatted Document Text:  Table 1. Racial and Ethnic Characteristics Survey Sample Sample Public Schools Sample CatholicSchools Oakland County, Michigan Dearborn, Michigan Michigan US White 76.7 73.6 77.8 81.2 86.9 81.2 80.1 Black 7.1 8.9 6.6 11.8 1.3 14.3 12.8 Asian 43.9 4.2 3.9 5.3 1.5 2.4 4.4 Other 0.0 2.1 4.7 4.1 6.3 2.1 2.8 Hispanic* 5.0 6.3 4.7 2.8 3.0 3.8 14.8 * Columns do not sum to 100 because the Hispanic category may encompass more than one racial identification. Table 2. Percentages of Right Answers for Political Knowledge This Study (2008) Adolescents Jennings & Niemi (1974) Adolescents Jennings (1996) Adolescents Niemi & Junn (1998) Adolescents Delli Carpini & Keeter (1989) Adults Governor 84.2% 88% 73% Concentration Camps 88.6% 83% 93% Senator’s Term 33.2% 50% 43% 37% 25% Supreme Court 36.7% 38% 32% Table 3. Mean Differences in Political Knowledge Boys Girls Single- Sex School Coed School Catholic School Public School Mean: 2.60** 2.46 2.45* 2.57 2.48** 2.69 N: 839 698 616 964 1229 351 * Difference significant at the .05 level. ** difference significant at the .01 level. Table 4. Mean Differences in Political Knowledge by Sex and Type of School Boys Girls Single-sex school 2.53 2.29 Coeducational school 2.66 2.53 Difference .13 + .24** Catholic school 2.55 2.39 Public school 2.79 2.68 Difference .24* .29** +Difference significant at the .10 level. * difference significant at the .05 level, ** difference significant at the .01 level.

Authors: Prough, Elizabeth. and Herring, Mary.
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Table 1. Racial and Ethnic Characteristics
Survey
Sample
Sample
Public
Schools
Sample
Catholic
Schools
Oakland
County,
Michigan
Dearborn,
Michigan
Michigan
US
White
76.7
73.6
77.8
81.2
86.9
81.2
80.1
Black
7.1
8.9
6.6
11.8
1.3
14.3
12.8
Asian
43.9
4.2
3.9
5.3
1.5
2.4
4.4
Other
0.0
2.1
4.7
4.1
6.3
2.1
2.8
Hispanic*
5.0
6.3
4.7
2.8
3.0
3.8
14.8
* Columns do not sum to 100 because the Hispanic category may encompass more than one
racial identification.
Table 2. Percentages of Right Answers for Political Knowledge
This Study
(2008)
Adolescents
Jennings
& Niemi
(1974)
Adolescents
Jennings
(1996)
Adolescents
Niemi & Junn
(1998)
Adolescents
Delli Carpini
& Keeter
(1989)
Adults
Governor
84.2%
88%
73%
Concentration
Camps
88.6%
83%
93%
Senator’s Term
33.2%
50%
43%
37%
25%
Supreme Court
36.7%
38%
32%
Table 3. Mean Differences in Political Knowledge
Boys
Girls
Single-
Sex
School
Coed
School
Catholic
School
Public
School
Mean:
2.60**
2.46
2.45*
2.57
2.48**
2.69
N:
839
698
616
964
1229
351
* Difference significant at the .05 level. ** difference significant at the .01 level.
Table 4. Mean Differences in Political Knowledge by Sex and Type of School
Boys
Girls
Single-sex school
2.53
2.29
Coeducational school
2.66
2.53
Difference
.13
+
.24**
Catholic school
2.55
2.39
Public school
2.79
2.68
Difference
.24*
.29**
+Difference significant at the .10 level. * difference significant at the .05 level, ** difference
significant at the .01 level.


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