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2017.1118

Taiwan Teens Ranked 2nd Globally in Civic Literacy

With the support of the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Education, Taiwan applied for the International Civic and Citizenship Education Study (ICCS2016) in 2013. Professor Liu Mei Hui, from the Department of Education served as the organizer for the project that is made up of teams in different universities. On November 7, 2017 the preliminary result was released, showing that compared to countries in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Taiwan ranks second in the world in terms of citizen awareness and gender equality support, and ranks first in ethnic affiliation support.
The International Civic and Citizenship Education Study, hosted by International Association for the Evaluation of Education Achievement, IEA. The study is to investigate the civic literacy of 8th grade students around the world. Students from 24 countries, mostly European ones, were included in this study.
According to Prof. Liu, 94,000 students around the world participated in the study and 4,454 of them are 8th grade students in Taiwan. Taiwan has took part in the study in 2009 as well. The average score of Taiwan students is 581 points, higher than the average 517 points and was ranked only second to Denmark, two positions up than that of 2009. Female students outperformed male students in general and female students care more about gender equality than male students.
Taiwanese students has more faith in the government, legislative yuan, court and political parties, compared to those in ICCS 2009, but the trust level towards the press remains the same. However, the trust level towards general public goes down.