ERIC Number: ED350489
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Adult Civic Education. ERIC Digest No. 129.
Boggs, David L.
Civic knowledge, skills, and the disposition to use them to achieve a vision of the community that is desired can be furthered through purposefully structured civic education. Informed judgment and action with regard to the public's affairs is the goal of adult civic education. The integral elements of adult civic education are information, values, and action. An objective in adult civic education should be to help citizens learn how to use the aid of experts and qualified professionals in making public policy decisions while limiting it to citizen review and control. Another problem for adult civic education is to help learners develop civic virtue as a basis for acting when their involvement in a public issue in the first place is often driven by emotional investment in a special interest, deflecting attention from a larger view of public responsibilities. The ultimate objective of civic education is to help citizens learn to be morally responsible actors. Adult educators have responsibility to serve as advocates, not of specific choices or solutions to public issues, but of thoughtful and deliberate choice that is a prelude to action. (YLB)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.