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The International Civic and Citizenship Education Study (ICCS) examines the role of schools in the political education of young people in the 21st century in an international, comparative perspective.

The overall objective of the ICCS project is to identify and compare the way in which schools prepare pupils for life in a democratic society – and how this may be developing and changing in a globalised world. This is done primarily by studying the attitudes of young people to social and political questions; their knowledge of democracy, politics and society; and their perceptions of themselves as citizens in society.

The project also includes teachers and headteachers with a view to determining how various school systems approach this aspect of their activities. The ICCS is conducted under the auspices of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA). The ICCS was carried out for the first time in 2009 and the second round will be in 2016, with Danish participation on both occasions.

ICCS 2009

The first Danish report about the ICCS places eighth-grade pupils in Denmark and Finland at the top of the world list in terms of knowledge about social conditions, politics and the way democracy works. This report, entitled “ICCS 2009, Main International Results”, compares eighth-grade pupils in 38 countries.