ERIC Number: EJ1091491
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
A Pedagogy of Civic Engagement for the Undergraduate Political Science Classroom
DeLaet, Debra L.
Journal of Political Science Education, v12 n1 p72-84 2016
This article provides an overview of a classroom project, titled the Priorities Project, which is designed to promote responsible and informed civic engagement on the part of students in upper level political science courses at Drake University. It provides an overview of the Priorities Project, a brief summary highlighting the process and results of this project, and preliminary assessment data. The article discusses this classroom assignment in the context of more general pedagogical debates regarding the relative advantages of service-learning in comparison to traditional models of teaching and learning focused on knowledge acquisition. The Priorities Project demonstrates a pedagogy of civic engagement grounded in a participatory conception of citizenship that represents a "third way"--between a traditional, lecture-based classroom focused on the development of personally responsible citizens and a service-learning model emphasizing a justice-oriented conception of citizenship--of balancing the priorities of knowledge acquisition and civic responsibility in the undergraduate classroom.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Political Science, Classroom Techniques, Citizen Participation, Service Learning, Student Projects, Teaching Methods, Feedback (Response), Student Attitudes, Instructional Effectiveness, Course Evaluation, Participant Satisfaction, Course Descriptions
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Iowa