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ERIC Number: ED498989
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Highlights from Educating for Democracy: Preparing Undergraduates for Responsible Political Engagement
Colby, Anne; Beaumont, Elizabeth; Ehrlich, Thomas; Corngold, Josh
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
This paper, highlights the forthcoming book "Educating for Democracy." The book articulates the conditions under which political teaching and learning in college is and is not legitimate, making the case that education for political development can and should be conducted in a manner that is consistent with the core values of higher education institutions. It also rebuts the claim that education for political development will indoctrinate students with the political views of faculty, and offers evidence that concerns about political indoctrination are largely unfounded. It is a book written for educators who want to help undergraduates become knowledgeable and engaged participants in many arenas of American democracy and public life, and for those intrigued by the idea of educating for political development but not quite sure what this means in practice. Built on the insights and experience of people who have been deeply involved in promoting undergraduates' political understanding and engagement, the book offers strategies for use in courses, in the co-curriculum, and in other campus activities. It describes high-quality teaching for college-level political learning and articulates what it means to teach effectively for a complex and interconnected array of outcomes using pedagogical strategies that engage students actively in political learning. The table of contents contains the following chapters: (1) Citizens, Politics and Civic Engagement; (2) Higher Education's Role in Preparing Citizens; (3) The Imperative of Open Inquiry; (4) Creating Environments of Open Inquiry; (5) Teaching for Political Knowledge and Understanding; (6) Teaching Skills of Democratic Participation; (7) Fostering Motivation for Political Engagement; (8) Political Learning through Discussion and Deliberation; (9) Political Learning Through Research and Action Projects; (10) Political Learning through Speakers and Mentors; (11) Political Learning through Placements, Internships and Service Learning; (12) Political Learning Trough Structured Reflection; and (13) Educating for Political Engagement: Putting the Pieces Together. Appended are: (1) The Political Engagement Project: Course and Program Summaries; and (2) Survey Data Analyses. [These highlights are based on the Carnegie/Jossey-Bass publication of the same title, "Educating for Democracy: Preparing Undergraduates for Responsible Political Engagement" (November 2007). The Political Engagement Project was funded by the Atlantic Philanthropies, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at the University of Maryland, the Ford Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, as well as The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Menlo Park, CA.