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ERIC Number: EJ791374
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1086-4822
Making Politics Matter to Students
Jacoby, Barbara
About Campus, v11 n4 p30-32 Sep-Oct 2006
Many people saw the 2004 presidential election as an opportunity for students to engage in democracy in a fundamental and concrete way--by registering to vote and participating fully in the electoral process. The first national post-election study of college student turnout in the 2004 presidential election, conducted by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, revealed that 77% of the students polled said they voted. In addition, data provided by Richard Niemi and Michael Hanmer of this Center indicated that college students were nearly twice as likely to vote as young people who did not attend college. These numbers tell only part of the story, however. Everyone knows that college students are involved in large and growing numbers in service to their communities. Students are not given enough opportunities to take ownership of the democratic process, of civic engagement, and of politics (that's both "capital P" and "small p" politics) "on their own terms." They have not yet internalized these rights and responsibilities; they have not yet defined them for themselves and embraced them. In this article, the author discusses what educators can do to engage college students in community service, in the democratic process, and in politics. She provides three concrete examples how educators can recreate the enthusiasm of college students that was present during the 2004 election. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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