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ERIC Number: EJ1002006
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
ISSN: ISSN-1554-5210
The University as a Public Good: Active Citizenship and University Community Engagement
Wood, Jason
International Journal of Progressive Education, v8 n3 p15-31 Oct 2012
Education for active citizenship has been a key development in social policy over the past two decades, leading to a number of initiatives that have sought to strengthen political, social and moral literacy. This paper briefly reviews the UK policy context by situating this within communitarian definitions of citizenship. Despite the growth of initiatives designed to promote active citizenship, there has been comparatively little focus on the role of universities in addressing locally based civic, social and political challenges. Drawing on literature and a case-study of an innovative university community engagement project, this paper investigates to what extent universities can--and should--play a more active role in their local communities. In doing so, the paper argues that a potential "public good" value of universities can emerge. (Contains 6 footnotes.)
International Association of Educators. Egitim Fakultesi Dekanligi, Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Canakkale 17100, Turkey. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom