The International Civics and Citizenship Study (ICCS) was a large scale assessment of civic knowledge and attitudes conducted in 2008/2009 by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA). It has been described in this way (Schulz, Ainley, Fraillon, Kerr & Losito, 2010, p.9): The International Civic and Citizenship Education Study (ICCS) studied the ways in which countries prepare their young people to undertake their roles as citizens. It investigated student knowledge and understanding of civics and citizenship as well as student attitudes, perceptions, and activities related to civics and citizenship. It also examined differences among countries in relation to these outcomes of civic and citizenship education, and it explored how differences among countries relate to student characteristics, school and community contexts, and national characteristics. The study “gathered data from more than 140,000 Grade 8 (or equivalent) students in over 5,300 schools from 38 countries. These student data were augmented by data from more than 62,000 teachers in those schools and by contextual data collected from school principals and the study’s national research centers (Schulz, Ainley, Fraillon, Kerr & Losito, 2010, p.9). ICCS was the third major international civic study – the other two having been conducted in 1971 (Torney, Oppenheim, & Farnen, 1975) and 1999 (Torney- Purta, et al., 2001). The first of these studies did not contain any Asian countries, the second involved only Hong Kong, by then a Special Administrative Region of China, and ICCS contained five Asian societies: Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong SAR, Indonesia and Thailand. Thus for the first time it is possible to provide comparative perspectives on the civic knowledge and attitudes of students in Asia drawing on data generated from common survey instruments.
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