Quick Hits for Educating Citizens

Quick Hits for Educating Citizens

Distribution: World
Publication date: 06/06/2006
ISBN: 978-0-253-11212-5
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[This volume] makes the statement that democracy matters, that engagement in the community is essential to maintain our democratic values, and that civic engagement plays a significant role in educating our citizens." —Sharon Hamilton and Robert Orr, Directors, Indiana University Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching (FACET)

Quick Hits for Educating Citizens presents university faculty and administrators with ideas and strategies for integrating civic education into university curricula. Fifty-eight succinct essays from across the disciplines offer successful models of curriculum-based civic education activities and strategies for engaging students outside the classroom. Reflecting best practices as well as individual approaches to educating students for citizenship, this is an outstanding resource for university faculty in every discipline, as well as administrators and students in schools of education.

Author Bio

James L. Perry is Chancellor’s Professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and Senior Scholar in the Center for Service and Learning at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis. He directs the Indiana University American Democracy Project.

Steven G. Jones is Coordinator of the Office of Service Learning in the Center for Service and Learning at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis.

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Table of Contents

FACET Directors' Welcome Sharon J. Hamilton and Robert H. Orr
Foreword Thomas Ehrlich
Introduction: Why "Educating Citizens"? Why Now? Steven G. Jones and James L. Perry

Chapter 1. Tips for First Timers
Easy to Use and Easy to Do
Let the Students Take the Bait before You Set the Hook
Strong at the Seams: Joining Academic and Civic Interests
Can't We All Just (Dis)Agree?
Doing It Right: Reflections on Experience
Matching Goals to Students' Interests
Setting Service-Learning Goals
Chapter 2. Classroom Activities
Making Democracy Matter in the Classroom
"Doing" Engagement
Understanding and Working with Perspectives
Citizens Talking across the Curriculum
Getting People's Attention
Pedagogy of Collegiality
Debating Issues through Opinion-Editorials and Letters to the Editor
Building Skills for Social Action
Using Readers' Theater
Public Achievement and Teacher Education
Expanding Civic Involvement and the Learning Landscape through Courtroom Observations
Connecting Scholarship and Social Responsibility
Motivating Mathematical Concepts with Politics
The Do-It-Yourself Interest Groups
An Exercise in Community Transformation
Using Political Activism to Teach Critical Thinking
A Compelling Reason to Study Cities
Student Philanthropy as a Vehicle for Teaching the Subject Matter
Chapter 3. Service Learning and Educating Citizens
A Service-Learning Checklist
Building the Right Relationship: Collaboration as a Key to Successful Civic Engagement
Maximizing the Power of Reflection
Moving from Service to Justice
Developing the Attitudes and Practices of Civic Engagement with Service-Learning Course Development
Improving Literacy through Service Learning
Texts and Contexts: Performance, Community, and Service Learning
Using Community-Based Learning Modules to Introduce Languages and Culture
Developing Citizenship through a Servi