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Ideas for further revision / Potential sources[edit]

I'm looking to edit this article and correct the Wikipedia recommendations given. Other than the recommendations, I will most likely expand on certain sections that I feel are underdeveloped. For example, the Heading section of "Local Civic Engagement" only has one subsection, leaving lots of room for improvement. Additionally, I was thinking of adding a heading section of civic engagement been across the globe and I have found some sources that would add a lot of value under this section.

Here are some of my sources (I'd love feedback on any of the sources here or general tips for revisions: Pancer, S. Mark. The Psychology of Citizenship and Civic Engagement. United Kingdom, Oxford University Press, 2015.

A very relevant and interesting book analyzing the psychology of civic engagement and its power

Proven, Six. "Guidebook." (2014).

A guidebook on practices for effective civic learning provided by the National Center for Learning and Civic Engagement

Hope E.C., Spencer M.B. (2017) Civic Engagement as an Adaptive Coping Response to Conditions of Inequality: An Application of Phenomenological Variant of Ecological Systems Theory (PVEST). In: Cabrera N., Leyendecker B. (eds) Handbook on Positive Development of Minority Children and Youth. Springer, Cham.

A study on combatting inequality in marginalized communities through civic engagement provided by authors from the Department of Psychology of North Carolina State University and the Department of Comparative Human Development from the University of Chicago

António F. Tavares & Jered B. Carr (2013) So Close, Yet so Far Away? the Effects of City Size, Density and Growth on Local Civic Participation, Journal of Urban Affairs, 35:3, 283-302, DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9906.2012.00638.x

A study analyzing the effects of city size, density and growth on local civic participation

Lie, Malene Paulsen. "Local Newspapers, Facebook and local civic engagement: a study of media use in two Norwegian communities." Nordicom Review 39.2 (2018): 49-62.

A journal answering the question: "In what ways do local inhabitants make use of the local press and Facebook in civic engagement, and what importance does the media have in mobilising a wider local public?"

Tolbert, Charles M., Thomas A. Lyson, and Michael D. Irwin. "Local capitalism, civic engagement, and socioeconomic well-being." Social Forces 77.2 (1998): 401-427.

A paper trying to better understand how civic welfare is influenced by local capitalism and civic engagement, which would help expand on the benefits of civic engagement (a currently underdeveloped section)

Szmigiel-Rawska, Katarzyna, Julita Łukomska, and António F. Tavares. "Social Media Activity and Local Civic Engagement in Poland." Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance. 2018.

Paper analyzing social media activity and local civic engagement in Poland (could potentially start a new heading section on civic engagement across the globe)

Lucaskim7 (talk) 06:38, 30 September 2020 (UTC)

Peer Review[edit]

I believe that the article on civic engagement was not completely neutral. Though it objectively discussed various forms of civic engagement, it did not truly discuss the impact of civic engagement as well as its effect on current events, such as the protests currently going on in Hong Kong. Much of what was stated in the article put the topic in a positive light, though there is another side to it being harmful to communities as well as governments. In addition, I felt as though some aspects of civic engagement were underrepresented, such as statistics that could have backed up some claims that were made and major historical events dealing with the topic over time. Other topics that could have brought a new light to the topic included nonprofit organizations, digital media, and technological developments that have also played a role. Overall, though the article was very balanced and discussed an all-encompassing perspective behind civic engagements, there are still areas to be added that can better eliminate bias as well as provide new perspectives in the article.

--Adamng926 (talk) 23:12, 10 September 2019 (UTC)

Article Revision[edit]

I believe this article to be of mid to high importance for wikipedia, especially taking into account the high number of visits the page receives. I propose to rename the article to "Citizen Participation." Citizen engagement falls under this overarching title. I suggest to restructure the article to a reader-friendly text format and add content to separate the different kinds of participation starting from individual, political to cultural; based on the existing literature on the subject. If the wiki community does not object to the above, I will start editing this article over the course of the next month to provide better information on what citizen participation is.Socrates 27 (talk) 23:10, 28 October 2012 (UTC)


Part of this article ("Civic engagement can take many forms, from individual voluntarism to organizational involvement to electoral participation. It can include efforts to directly address an issue, work with others in a community to solve a problem or interact with the institutions of representative democracy.") is copied directly from (talk) 00:32, 20 January 2016 (UTC)


Lamarche, Gara. "Rethinking Civic Engagement." Nation 22 Feb. 2016: 20-24. MAS Ultra - School Edition [EBSCO]. Web. 9 Mar. 2016.

Olson, Maria. "What Counts as Young Peoples Civic Engagement in Times of Accountability?: On the Importance of Maintaining Openness about Young Peoples Civic Engagement in Education." Utbildning Och Demokrati (2012): 29-55. SwePub. Web. 9 Mar. 2016.

Chambliss, Marilyn J., Judith Torney-Purta, and Wendy Klandl Richardson. "The Effects of Reading Well-written Passages on Students’ Civic Understanding and Engagement."Citizenship Teaching & Learning 11.1 (2015): 49-67. Political Science Complete. Web. 9 Mar. 2016.

Lenzi, Michela, Alessio Vieno, Jill Sharkey, Ashley Mayworm, Luca Scacchi, Massimiliano Pastore, and Massimo Santinello. "How School Can Teach Civic Engagement Besides Civic Education: The Role of Democratic School Climate." American Journal of Community Psychology 54.3-4 (2014): 251-61. SocINDEX with Full Text [EBSCO]. Web. 9 Mar. 2016.

Mihailidis, Paul. "The Civic-social Media Disconnect: Exploring Perceptions of Social Media for Engagement in the Daily Life of College Students." Information, Communication & Society17.9 (2014): 1059-071. Web. 9 Mar. 2016. Jamilethortega (talk) 19:42, 9 March 2016 (UTC)Jamileth Ortega


Habermann, Hermann, et al. Civic Engagement And Social Cohesion : Measuring Dimensions Of Social Capital To Inform Policy. Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 2014. eBook Academic Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 9 Mar. 2016.

Silver, Paula, Stephen C. Wilhite, and Michael W. Ledoux. Civic Engagement And Service Learning In A Metropolitan University : Multiple Approaches And Perspectives. New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc, 2011. eBook Academic Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 9 Mar. 2016.

Sanchez, George J., and Amy Koritz. Civic Engagement In The Wake Of Katrina. Ann Arbor: U OF M DIGT CULT BOOKS, 2009.eBook Academic Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 9 Mar. 2016.

Bergrud, Erik, and Kaifeng Yang. Civic Engagement In A Network Society. Charlotte, N.C.: Information Age Publishing, 2008. eBook Academic Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 9 Mar. 2016.

Whitley, Cameron T., and Scot D. Yoder. "Developing Social Responsibility And Political Engagement: Assessing The Aggregate Impacts Of University Civic Engagement On Associated Attitudes And Behaviors." Education, Citizenship And Social Justice10.3 (2015): 217-233. ERIC. Web. 9 Mar. 2016. Ra c 37 (talk) 20:07, 9 March 2016 (UTC)


Alder, Richard P. and Judy Goggin. “What Do We Mean By “Civic Engagement”?” Journal of Transformative Education 3.3, (2005): 236-253. SAGE. Web. 8 Mar. 2016. Anayanesgarcia (talk) 20:44, 9 March 2016 (UTC)

Checkoway, B, and A Aldana. "Four Forms Of Youth Civic Engagement For Diverse Democracy." Children And Youth Services Review 35.11 (n.d.): 1894-1899. Social Sciences Citation Index. Web. 8 Mar. 2016.

Comstock-Gay, Stuart, and Joe Goldman. "Civic Engagement And The New Agenda For Democratic Reform." National Civic Review 98.2 (2009): 63-66. Business Source Complete. Web. 8 Mar. 2016.

Holshek, Christopher. “Identity and the Future of America.” The Huffington Post. The Huffington Post, 8 February 2016. Web. 8 March 2016. Ana Yanes-Garcia (talk) 14:23, 9 March 2016 (UTC)AnaYanesGarcia

White, Elizabeth S., and Rashmita S. Mistry. "Parent Civic Beliefs, Civic Participation, Socialization Practices, And Child Civic Engagement." Applied Developmental Science 20.1 (2016): 44-60. ERIC. Web. 8 Mar. 2016. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Anayanesgarcia (talkcontribs) 20:12, 9 March 2016 (UTC)


Flanagan, C. A. (2004). Volunteerism, leadership, political socialization, and civic engagement.

Paffenholz, T., & Spurk, C. (2006). Civil society, civic engagement, and peacebuilding. Social Development Paper, 36.

Shah, D. V. (1998). Civic Engagement, Interpersonal Trust, and Television Use: An Individual‐Level Assessment of Social Capital. Political Psychology,19(3), 469-496.

Uslaner, E. M., & Brown, M. (2005). Inequality, trust, and civic engagement.American politics research, 33(6), 868-894.

Xenos, M., & Moy, P. (2007). Direct and differential effects of the Internet on political and civic engagement. Journal of communication, 57(4), 704-718.

Peer Review[edit]

I believed the article was organized very well and there seems to be plentiful information which is great. Because the article has been organized and structured so well, I think it will benefit later to go back for editing. Two significant improvements I think need to be done is changing the tone and rewriting the lead section. The tone should be more of a research/encyclopedia tone, not like I am having a conversation with someone about the topic. The lead section only has the one-sentence definition. I think more of an overview of the article's topics need to be added before the table of contents. Other than that, the article has sufficient sources, clear language, and good formatting. Savannahderick (talk) 16:56, 18 April 2016 (UTC)

Peer Review[edit]

The formatting on this article is beautiful, but the organization of it was kind of confusing. Overall the Article is really good and helpful but a lot of the sections that were added were added in a way that did not seem cohesive to the article as a whole. For example one section would talk about volunteering and then three actions down it would bring it up again in an entirely different section. I think it would be a good idea to move those sections together so they're next to each other. Also the first definition could use a bit more explanation so that we can get more of an overview of what we'er about to read before we dive into the rest of the article. The article is very good looking and very informative besides a few organizing things its near perfect. - Breland Gibson