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ERIC Number: EJ791392
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1086-4822
The Ceremonies and Symbols of Citizenship
Thornton, Courtney H.; Jaeger, Audrey J.
About Campus, v12 n1 p15-20 Mar-Apr 2007
The University of Virginia takes great care in being thoughtful, consistent, and clear about its messages regarding citizenship. While many other institutions hold rituals and distribute symbols to help students achieve desired learning outcomes, all colleges and universities may not be fully realizing the potential of these rituals and symbols. Campus tours, convocations, and graduations provide opportunities for institutions to communicate to students and to the general public a commitment to civic responsibility, among other beliefs. Such ceremonies and their symbols usually lie somewhere between routinized events that are slightly retooled each year and fully maximized opportunities that have a deep impact on student learning. If implemented well, a campus's highly symbolic features can support a system of beliefs and an everyday way of doing things. If campus messages about responsible citizenship are clear and consistent, students are more likely to recognize and acquire desired skills, characteristics, and values. Formal campus-wide events are not the only venue in which outcomes related to responsible citizenship are reinforced. Messages are sent daily to students via institutional culture, which is the focus of this article. The authors describe the tools of an institution's culture that, correctly employed, can foster responsible citizenship. (Contains 7 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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Identifiers - Location: Virginia