ERIC Number: EJ850401
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: 29
Introducing a Culture of Civility in First-Year College Classes
Connelly, Robert J.
Journal of General Education, v58 n1 p47-64 2009
Higher education, as well as the larger society appears to be experiencing a serious decline in civility. In this article the author presents the case for introducing civility education in first-year general education courses. After citing some of the research documenting both faculty and student perceptions of incivility in the university and reviewing the wealth of descriptions about the meaning of civility, the author presents a general definition of civility as a virtue. This lays the foundation for developing a Code of Academic Civility that could set the tone for introducing new students to the culture of the community they are entering and alert them to the basic expectations of this community. The last section clarifies the role of general education in assuming leadership for explicitly introducing academic civility in the first-year classroom.
Descriptors: Education Courses, General Education, Interpersonal Relationship, Ethics, College Freshmen, Social Behavior, Antisocial Behavior, Student Behavior, Teacher Behavior, Social Attitudes, Classroom Environment, Citizenship Education, Cooperation, Cultural Pluralism, Student Attitudes, Moral Values, Moral Development, Social Development
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