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Appendix B:  Student Interview Guide

Questions will alter slightly for adult learners compared with younger students.  All of these questions will not be posed to the interviewees.  The selection of questions will depend upon the answers provided and the time remaining in the interview.  The participant will be reminded of the rights of their participation (e.g. refusal to answer questions, request to turn off the recording device, and/or withdrawal from the study).

Impressions of Civic Literacy and the Role of Youth/Young Adults

What are your impressions of politics and activists?  Would you want a career as a politician/activist?

How do you think young people contribute to democracy?

How do you think youth/young adults should participate in society as good citizens?  (e.g. vote, political parties, interest groups, volunteering, clubs, recreational activities)

How do adults perceive youth and is this image accurate?

Can individuals make a difference when they see injustice?  Can groups of people make a difference?  Do you have examples?

Do people become more politically engaged as they get older?  If so, how and why?

Does the government effectively represent Canadian youth/young adults? What issues should the government take more seriously?

What would society look like if youth/young adults had more social responsibilities or voice in society?  How would society benefit from youth/young adults’ leadership? What benefits might we lose if they are not engaged in social issues?

Discourses and Activities for Civic Engagement

How do you shape decisions that affect your life (i.e. locally and globally)?

What are your political interests/activities?  How could you express interest in social issues?

Do you have positive and negative examples of people who have acted on a political/social interest?

Describe groups of people you know who participate in political issues?

Where or from whom do you learn about controversial issues and/or public policies?

With whom to you talk about important issues? Are news topics discussed at home and do you participate in the discussions?  Do you use the internet to discuss news issues?  In what ways?

Are your recreation clubs and friends engaged in civics issues?  If so, how?  Do you participate with them, and if so, how?

Civics at School: Priorities and Pedagogies

Does this school make civics a priority for extra-curricular activities? Are there debating clubs, volunteer organizations, student councils?  Do you participate in any of these groups?

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