Critical Civic Literacy: A Reader

Critical Civic Literacy: A Reader

by Joseph L. DeVitis
     
 

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This book has received the AESA (American Educational Studies Association) Critics Choice Award 2013.
Do we live in a democracy? Have we ever practiced democratic education? Will our children and grandchildren inherit a sane or sick society and political order? Those are some of the profound questions that this book tackles, within a broad and evocative

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This book has received the AESA (American Educational Studies Association) Critics Choice Award 2013.
Do we live in a democracy? Have we ever practiced democratic education? Will our children and grandchildren inherit a sane or sick society and political order? Those are some of the profound questions that this book tackles, within a broad and evocative conversation on civic literacy in America. Amid calls for academic standardization and high-stakes testing, civic education, once a cornerstone of public schools, has been relegated to a tertiary space. The eloquent voices in this text articulate critical perspectives on citizenship education because they realize the future of our commonwealth may well be at stake.
This important and timely book is a must-read for those interested in civics, social studies, social education, social foundations of education, and educational policy studies. Yet it will also appeal more generally to all educators and education professionals, policymakers, and public officials: it is written for all those who want to revive more humane possibilities for a polity in peril.

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«With remarkable breadth and stunning depth, ‘Critical Civic Literacy: A Reader’ provides insightful discourse, enlightening research, and provocation for continued inquiry on one of the most enduring topics in the U.S. and around the world. This book avoids a unilateral assumption of what constitutes critical civic literacy, thus providing readers with various and varied understandings to further debate about what matters, what is meaningful, and why we should care about civics and the oft-assumed, if rarely practiced, idea of democracy in action.» (Deron Boyles, Professor of Educational Policy Studies, Georgia State University; Past President, American Educational Studies Association; President, The John Dewey Society)
«‘Critical Civic Literacy: A Reader’ is an inspiration for all who believe that the fundamental purpose of public schooling ought to be to develop the knowledge, skills, dispositions, and habits necessary for democracy to function and flourish. At a time when citizenship is too often reduced to consumption, and individual rights are heralded much more than community responsibility, the authors in this wide-ranging collection give us hope that another vision for schools and society is possible. Thoughtfully combining theory and practice, they provide numerous models and resources for education that enable genuine social and political engagement, help us to build community, and foster the development of the kinds of critical citizens we need to forge a more caring, compassionate, and socially just world.» (Kathy Hytten, Professor, Department of Educational Administration and Higher Education, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale; Past President, American Educational Studies Association)
«The urgency to incorporate critical civic literacy into the practice and thought of education in a democracy is evident in the essays that Joseph L. DeVitis has collected (here). The contributors to this volume explore both the idea and ideal of critical civic literacy as it relates to 21st-century America. Their diverse voices are highly relevant to both the practitioner and the theorist. Throughout this book essential connections are made between critical civic literacy and the culture, the community, the curriculum, and the classroom.» (John A. Beineke, Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership and Curriculum, Arkansas State University)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781433111716
Publisher:
Peter Lang GmbH, Europaischer Verlag der Wissenschaften
Publication date:
08/30/2011
Pages:
505
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Joseph L. DeVitis is Visiting Professor of Educational Foundations at Old Dominion University. Recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he is a widely published scholar and public intellectual in educational policy studies. He is a past president of the American Educational Studies Association, the Council of Learned Societies in Education, and the Society of Professors of Education. His most recent books are Character and Moral Education: A Reader (Peter Lang, 2011), edited with Tianlong Yu, and Adolescent Education: A Reader (Peter Lang, 2010), edited with Linda Irwin-DeVitis.

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