Jilli Jung

PhD Student in the Department of Education Policy Studies, Pennsylvania State University

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About Jilli

Jung's research focuses on the rigorous examination of policy impacts on non-academic outcomes, such as political and health outcomes, for adolescents, especially marginalized adolescents. Jung's recent work examines the impact of civics test policy on young people’s voter turnout.


State-Mandated Civics Test Policy Does Not Improve Youth Voter Turnout

  • Maithreyi Gopalan

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Jilli Jung quoted on ways to increase students’ civic engagement by Sarah Schwartz, "This Popular High School Civics Requirement Doesn’t Boost Voting Habits" Education Week, September 20, 2023.
Jilli Jung's research on the Civics Education Initiative (CEI) and youth voter turnout discussed by Tony Pals & Marla Koenigsknecht, "Study Finds That State-Mandated Civics Test Policy Does Not Improve Youth Voter Turnout," American Educational Research Association, September 13, 2023.


"The Stubborn Unresponsiveness of Youth Voter Turnout to Civic Education: Quasi-Experimental Evidence From State-Mandated Civics Tests" (with Maithreyi Gopalan). Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis (2023).

Estimates the impact of a recent, state-mandated civics test policy—the Civics Education Initiative (CEI)—on youth voter turnout, and provides evidence regarding the lack of efficacy of civics test policies when it comes to youth voter participation. Findings show that CEI does not significantly affect youth voter turnout.

"Does Shadow Education Discourage or Encourage Creative Thinking? Evidence From South Korea" (with Soo-yong Byun & Tae-Seob Shin). Journal for the Study of Education and Development 46, no. 4 (2023): 774-808.

Examines the effect of shadow education — referred to as academically oriented extracurricular activities mainly aimed to prepare for examinations — on students’ creative thinking. Findings show no significant shadow education effect on gains (or losses) in students’ creative thinking between the fifth and sixth grades.

"Perception and Experience of Sexual and Gender Minority Korean Youth in School Counseling" (with Hyun Ji Yi, Yun-Jeong Shin, Yeseul Min, and Jinwon Jeong & Yoojin Kang ). International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling 45 (2022): 189–209.

Explores the school counseling experience of sexual and gender minority (SGM) youths in South Korea. Results showed that a hostile school climate and the accessibility, confidentiality, trustworthiness, and LGBTQ competency of school counselors drove the reluctance of these youths to receive school counseling services. Discusses the implications for the role of school counseling services for SGM youths and provides suggestions offered by the interviewed SGM youths.