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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:  APPENDIX 1: DESCRIPTION OF VARIABLES Variable name Description Political trust Composite scale of political trust based on responses to five questions ranging from 1 (disagree) to 5 (agree) Single sex school 1=single sex-school; 0=coeducational school Catholic school 1=Catholic school; 0=public school Amount of government or civics course work Four-point scale representing the number of civics and government courses taken since 9 th grade, ranging from 1 (none) to 4 (more than one year Recency of government or civics course work Four – point scale representing the time when a civics class was taken, ranging from 1(9 th grade) to 4 (12 th grade) Discussed current events Five point scale representing how often a civics teacher engages the respondent in class discussion, ranging from 1 (none) to 5 (almost every day) Membership in political groups Six point scale for the number of political groups a responded belong to, ranging from 0 (none) to 6. Membership in non-political groups Eleven-point scale for the number of non-political groups to which a respondent belongs, ranging from 0 (none) to 10 Two parent 1=yes -two parent 0=no Educational level of mother Five-point scale representing number of years of formal education completed, ranging from 0 (don’t know) to 4 (graduate or advanced degree) Educational level of father Five-point scale representing number of years of formal education completed, ranging from 0 (don’t know) to 4 (graduate or advanced degree)

Authors: Prough, Elizabeth. and Herring, Mary.
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APPENDIX 1: DESCRIPTION OF VARIABLES
Variable name
Description
Political trust
Composite scale of political trust based on responses to
five questions ranging from 1 (disagree) to 5 (agree)
Single sex school
1=single sex-school; 0=coeducational school
Catholic school
1=Catholic school; 0=public school
Amount of government or
civics course work
Four-point scale representing the number of civics and
government courses taken since 9
th
grade, ranging from 1
(none) to 4 (more than one year
Recency of government or
civics course work
Four – point scale representing the time when a civics
class was taken, ranging from 1(9
th
grade) to 4 (12
th
grade)
Discussed current events
Five point scale representing how often a civics teacher
engages the respondent in class discussion, ranging from
1 (none) to 5 (almost every day)
Membership in political
groups
Six point scale for the number of political groups a
responded belong to, ranging from 0 (none) to 6.
Membership in non-political
groups
Eleven-point scale for the number of non-political groups
to which a respondent belongs, ranging from 0 (none) to
10
Two parent
1=yes -two parent 0=no
Educational level of mother
Five-point scale representing number of years of formal
education completed, ranging from 0 (don’t know) to 4
(graduate or advanced degree)
Educational level of father
Five-point scale representing number of years of formal
education completed, ranging from 0 (don’t know) to 4
(graduate or advanced degree)


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