Quick Hits for Educating Citizens
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Quick Hits for Educating Citizens

Edited by James L. Perry and Steven G. Jones
Sharon Hamilton and Robert Orr, Consulting Editors; Foreword by Thomas Ehrlich
Distribution: World
Publication date: 5/12/2006
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 Service-Learning Capstone Experience
Chapter 4. Assessing Student Learning
Using the National Survey of Student Engagement to Assess and Enhance Civic Engagement in the Classroom
Assessing the Multiple Dimensions of Student Civic Engagement: A Preliminary Test of an ADP Survey Instrument
Assessing Student Learning in Service-Learning Internships
Chapter 5. Departmental and Disciplinary Approaches to Educating Citizens
Department-wide Engagement: Creating and Supporting Durable Structures for Campus and Community Change
Creating and Sustaining a Culture of Engagement
Maximizing Collaboration for Sustainable Innovation
Rethinking the Boundaries of the Classroom
Infusing Service Learning in Teacher Education Programs
Engaging Future Teachers about Civic Education
Fostering Service Learning in a Small Department
Service Learning in Asian American Studies
Chapter 6. Educating Citizens through Research
Immersing the Student Researcher in Community
Using the Research Process to Enhance Civic Engagement
Cultivating Commitment: A Role for Ethnography in Teacher Education
Involving Students in Campus-wide Assessment of Civic Engagement
Increasing Political Efficacy through Community-Based Research
Teaching Race and Politics through Community-Based Research
Chapter 7. Overcoming Barriers to Educating Students for Citizenship
From Oblivion to Engagement: Dissolving Barriers to Thoughtful Response
Creating Classrooms as "Safe Space"
Faculty Development for Facilitating Civil Discourse
"Writing" the Civic into the Curriculum
Reaching Out to Tomorrow's Scientists, Technologists, Engineers, and Mathematicians
Using Organizational Writing to Engage Engineering and Business Students
Cal Campaign Consultants: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Civic Education, Leadership, and Community Involvement
The Contributors