Quick Hits for Educating Citizens

Quick Hits for Educating Citizens

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"Quick Hits for Educating Citizens" presents university faculty and administrators with ideas and strategies for integrating civic education into university curricula. Fifty-eight succinct essays from across the disciplines offer successful models of curriculum-based civic education activities and strategies for engaging students outside the classroom. Reflecting best practices as well as individual approaches to educating students for citizenship, this is an outstanding resource for university faculty in every discipline, as well as administrators and students in schools of education.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 168 pages
  • 210.8 x 274.3 x 7.6mm | 317.52g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 6 figures, 1 index
  • 0253218675
  • 9780253218674

About James L. Perry

James L. Perry is Chancellor s Professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and Senior Scholar in the Center for Service and Learning at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. He directs the Indiana University American Democracy Project.Steven G. Jones is Coordinator of the Office of Service Learning in the Center for Service and Learning at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis."show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Tips for First TimersEasy to Use and Easy to Do; Let the Students Take the Bait before You Set the Hook; Strong at the Seams: Joining Academic and Civic Interests; Can't We All Just (Dis)Agree?; Doing It Right: Reflections on Experience; Matching Goals to Students' Interests; Setting Service-Learning GoalsChapter 2. Classroom ActivitiesMaking Democracy Matter in the Classroom; "Doing" Engagement; Understanding and Working with Perspectives; Citizens Talking across the Curriculum; Getting People's Attention; Pedagogy of Collegiality; Debating Issues through Opinion-Editorials and Letters to the Editor; Building Skills for Social Action; Using Readers' Theater; Public Achievement and Teacher Education; Expanding Civic Involvement and the Learning Landscape through Courtroom Observations; Connecting Scholarship and Social Responsibility; Motivating Mathematical Concepts with Politics; The Do-It-Yourself Interest Groups; An Exercise in Community Transformation; Using Political Activism to Teach Critical Thinking; A Compelling Reason to Study Cities; Student Philanthropy as a Vehicle for Teaching the Subject MatterChapter 3. Service Learning and Educating CitizensA Service-Learning Checklist; Building the Right Relationship: Collaboration as a Key to Successful Civic Engagement; Maximizing the Power of Reflection; Moving from Service to Justice; Developing the Attitudes and Practices of Civic Engagement with Service-Learning Course Development; Improving Literacy through Service Learning; Texts and Contexts: Performance, Community, and Service Learning; Using Community-Based Learning Modules to Introduce Languages and Culture; Developing Citizenship through a Service-Learning Capstone ExperienceChapter 4. Assessing Student LearningUsing the National Survey of Student Engagement to Assess and Enhance Civic Engagement in the Classroom; Assessing the Multiple Dimensions of Student Civic Engagement: A Preliminary Test of an ADP Survey Instrument; Assessing Student Learning in Service-Learning Internships Chapter 5. Departmental and Disciplinary Approaches to Educating CitizensDepartment-wide Engagement: Creating and Supporting Durable Structures for Campus and Community Change; Creating and Sustaining a Culture of Engagement; Maximizing Collaboration for Sustainable Innovation; Rethinking the Boundaries of the Classroom; Infusing Service Learning in Teacher Education Programs; Engaging Future Teachers about Civic Education; Fostering Service Learning in a Small Department; Service Learning in Asian American StudiesChapter 6. Educating Citizens through ResearchImmersing the Student Researcher in Community; Using the Research Process to Enhance Civic Engagement; Cultivating Commitment: A Role for Ethnography in Teacher Education; Involving Students in Campus-wide Assessment of Civic Engagement; Increasing Political Efficacy through Community-Based Research; Teaching Race and Politics through Community-Based ResearchChapter 7. Overcoming Barriers to Educating Students for CitizenshipFrom Oblivion to Engagement: Dissolving Barriers to Thoughtful Response; Creating Classrooms as "Safe Space"; Faculty Development for Facilitating Civil Discourse; "Writing" the Civic into the Curriculum; Reaching Out to Tomorrow's Scientists, Technologists, Engineers, and Mathematicians; Using Organizational Writing to Engage Engineering and Business Students; Cal Campaign Consultants: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Civic Education, Leadership, and Community Involvementshow more

Review quote

"This volume makes the statement that democracy matters, that engagement in the community is essential to maintain our democratic values, and that civic engagement plays a significant role in educating our citizens." --Sharon Hamilton and Robert Orr, Directors, Indiana University Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching (FACET)show more