ERIC Number: EJ948800
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 103
Learning Civic Identity outside of the Classroom: Diversity and Campus Associational Life
Strachan, J. Cherie; Owens, Chris T.
Journal of Political Science Education, v7 n4 p464-482 2011
Cultivating an inclusive definition of citizenship is increasingly important to the maintenance of America's multicultural democracy. Yet, current college-level civic education and diversity interventions are incapable of fully addressing this problem. Hence, this comprehensive review of the literature on diversity and higher education suggests that political scientists--who are most likely to understand the pressing nature of this concern, as well as the role well-designed associational life might play in resolving it--address students' civic needs by renewing our interest in the on-campus equivalent of civil society. The article concludes with a recommendation for more empirical work to assess which specific features and activities of campus groups provide the most beneficial impact on students' civic identities.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Citizenship, Definitions, Democracy, Literature Reviews, Student College Relationship, Student Experience, Campuses, Student Diversity, Cultural Literacy, Political Science, Identification (Psychology), Citizenship Education, Incidental Learning
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: United States