ERIC Number: EJ861252
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: 3
Strategic Approaches to Civic Responsibility: The Essential Role of Cocurricular Events
Thornton, Courtney H.; Tarrant, Michael T.; Williams, Leah S.
About Campus, v14 n4 p2-7 Sep-Oct 2009
Cocurricular events are capable of providing rich learning opportunities for students. However, as the film and speaker sequence described in this article demonstrates, all too often they fail to reach their potential. In order to teach lessons and enhance skills related to civic responsibility, these events must be designed with a purposeful strategy of student learning as the primary, not a secondary (or absent) consideration. This article draws on examples of several cocurricular events held at a large public university and suggests a more purposeful approach to the use of cocurricular programming in developing students' knowledge, skills, and attitudes to help them become responsible citizens.
Descriptors: Service Learning, Citizenship Responsibility, Educational Opportunities, Extracurricular Activities, Learning Strategies, Learner Engagement, Educational Objectives
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina