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ERIC Number: EJ898478
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0098-6291
Preparing Students for Active and Informed Civic Discourse
Farkas, Kerrie R. H.
Teaching English in the Two-Year College, v38 n1 p35-46 Sep 2010
How can writing instructors prepare students for informed and engaged civic discourse when opportunities for such discourse are seemingly limited and ineffective? This essay examines this question by reporting on a case study that explored civic discourse and civic participation at the local level of government. The aims of the case study were to investigate the kinds of discursive participation that occurred during the council meetings, to determine the feasibility of scholars' assumptions that civic discourse at the local government level offers the greatest opportunities for citizen participation, and to examine scholars' claims that composition instructors can and should prepare students to engage actively and responsibly in the civic discourse of their communities. The essay then discusses the implications of the study for composition instructors whose goals include preparing students for informed and engaged civic discourse. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ohio