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ERIC Number: ED471582
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
Pages: 33
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Reinvigorating the Civic Mission of American Higher Education: Ideals, Challenges, and Models of Good Practice.
Beaumont, Elizabeth
Nearly every college mission statement expresses the desire to educate students who not only have mastered a body of academic knowledge and skills but also will be responsible and engaged citizens. However, it is not clear how well colleges are achieving these traditional civic and democratic goals. The Carnegie Foundation conducted a 3-year study of moral and civic education in U.S. colleges and universities. The study combined broad-based research on the practices and effects of higher education with in-depth case studies of 12 diverse campuses that demonstrated a strong institutional commitment to civic education. These colleges and universities understood that the entire campus can be a site for civic teaching and learning, and that moral and civic education need not be limited to a particular course or program focused on traditional civics content, but should be integrated across curricular and co-curricular programs and many campus experiences. Some commonalities among institutions that take a comprehensive approach to civic education are described and distinctive approaches to academically rigorous civic teaching and learning that can be used by other campuses are outlined. Brief discussions of methods that promote greater attention to civic education, ways that civic education is actually implemented, and the integration of civic education into a range of courses and co-curricular programs are discussed. (Contains 44 references.) (BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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