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Civic Engagement in Higher Education: Concepts and Practices

Civic Engagement in Higher Education: Concepts and Practices
Author: Barbara Jacoby and Associates
ISBN 13: 9780470388464
ISBN 10: 470388463
Edition: 1
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
Publication Date: 2009-01-27
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 288
List Price: $46.00

Civic Engagement in Higher Education reveals what it takes to educate college students to be civically engaged citizens, scholars, and leaders. Recent studies have shown that college students' participation in community service is increasing while their involvement in civic and political issues and processes has significantly declined. As a result, higher education experts and critics, government and business leaders, civil society, and the public are calling on colleges and universities to focus sharply on preparing students for democratic empowerment and global citizenship.

If civic engagement is to gain real traction in higher education, it must be clearly defined, and civic learning outcomes must be established. Opportunities to learn about and practice civic engagement must be embedded throughout the curriculum and the cocurriculum. This book shows how all this can be done, and is being done, at higher education institutions around the country.

Civic Engagement in Higher Education contains contributions from noted educators, researchers, and leaders who present a wide array of ideas, case examples, methods, and proven strategies for educating today's students to become tomorrow's responsible citizens. These experts cover topics including:

  • Civic engagement in the first college year
  • Engaging general education
  • Interdisciplinary learning for civic engagement
  • Capstone experiences and undergraduate research
  • Enhancing intercultural competence and leadership through civic engagement
  • Global civic engagement

This book is the essential guide for taking civic engagement in higher education to the next level and securing its future.