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ERIC Number: ED443325
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr-27
Pages: 24
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Higher Education and the Development of Moral and Civic Responsibility: Vision and Practice in Three Contexts.
Stephens, Jason M.; Colby, Anne; Ehrlich, Tom; Beaumont, Elizabeth
This paper grows out of a project under the auspices of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching which seeks to strengthen the means for American higher education to prepare morally thoughtful, committed, and socially responsible citizens. This study examines the experiences of three institutions that recognize the importance of developing students' moral and civic responsibility. At California State University at Monterey Bay, moral and civic development are central elements in guiding the university and animate all aspects of the institution. The United States Air Force Academy (Colorado) emphasizes development of character and honor in the context of preparing military officers. Its central goal is to produce Air Force officers of integrity, honor, and mutual respect, who will be effective in working together across differences and capable of making independent moral judgments. The University of Notre Dame (Indiana) emphasizes students' moral and spiritual development. Faculty feel free to discuss moral and civic issues, even in classes not traditionally seen as offering opportunities for such discussions. The study finds a strong movement toward reinvigorating higher education's civic and democratic mission, and notes that increasingly colleges and universities are developing community-university partnerships around schooling, discourse about public issues, youth programs, and the like. (Contains 40 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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