A Longitudinal Analysis of Volunteerism Activities for Individuals Educated in Public and Private Schools

35 Pages Posted: 11 Mar 2019

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Albert Cheng

University of Arkansas - Department of Education Reform

David Sikkink

University of Notre Dame

Date Written: February 15, 2019

Abstract

Previous studies offer evidence that U.S. public and private high schools differentially influence volunteerism in adolescence. However, these studies are typically cross-sectional and only consider whether the individual volunteered or not. We address patterns of volunteering from adolescence into adulthood and the kind of volunteering activity in which individuals engage. We also theorize that distinctive civic values within public and private schools together with their respective organizational ties to other civic organizations channel students into particular volunteering activities. Relying on a longitudinal, nationally-representative sample of U.S. adolescents, we track volunteering from adolescence into young adulthood and identify the types of volunteering activities in which respondents engage. Results demonstrate that the likelihood of volunteering changes through the life course, and students from different schooling backgrounds systematically sort into specific volunteering activities as our theories predict.

Keywords: Volunteerism, Religious Schools, Civic Values, Young Adulthood

Suggested Citation

Cheng, Albert and Sikkink, David, A Longitudinal Analysis of Volunteerism Activities for Individuals Educated in Public and Private Schools (February 15, 2019). EDRE Working Paper No. 2019-06. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3349444 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3349444

Albert Cheng (Contact Author)

University of Arkansas - Department of Education Reform ( email )

201 Graduate Education Building
Fayetteville, AR 72701
United States

David Sikkink

University of Notre Dame ( email )

361 Mendoza College of Business
Notre Dame, IN 46556-5646
United States

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