Educating for Democracy: Preparing Undergraduates for Responsible Political Engagement / Edition 1

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Overview

Praise for Educating for Democracy

"Among the goals of higher education, none is so frequently mentioned or so rarely analyzed with care as preparing students to be citizens. This book goes a long way toward rectifying the problem. It is certainly the most thoughtful, practical, and comprehensive treatment I have seen of this important subject."

Derek Bok, president emeritus, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government

"Educating for Democracy is a model of scholarship that is rigorous and interdisciplinary, but accessible and engaged. It sounds a clarion call for higher education to embrace once again its historic civic mission—and it shows how administrators and faculty members can work together to do this."

William A. Galston, senior fellow, The Brookings Institution

"In thoughtful, engaging, and illuminating prose, Educating for Democracy offers a comprehensive guide to political engagement and citizenship. This book takes on an enormously important challenge, and succeeds by any measure."

Lee Hamilton, former member of Congress (1965-1999), and director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University

"Educating for Democracy offers a lucid and practical guide for universities to develop their students' capacities to become thoughtful and engaged citizens. Just as important, it shows that academic freedom and deliberation across differences are integral to democratic education. This book's message is timely and important."

Amy Gutmann, president, University of Pennsylvania and author of Democratic Education

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Editorial Reviews

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“The book is superbly designed and organized, and very well written. It is scholarly, examining the foundational, theoretical, and conceptual issues surrounding college-level education for political learning. It is challenging, discussing central goals in political development that higher education administrators and faculty should address. It is helpful to scholarly practitioners, focusing on key pedagogical strategies of teaching for political learning. And it provides a treasure of lessons learned, both in the narrative chapters and in the appendix of creatively designed courses and programs.” —Raymond D. Vlasin, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Michigan State University, for Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, Volume 13, Number 1

Educating for Democracy [offers] not only a vision but an incisive program of political engagement poised to address the concerns of disengaged youth. The principal motivation for the book is that undergraduate education is one of the most valuable venues to address political engagement.... Colby, Beaumont, Ehrlich, and Corngold make a persuasive case that the undergraduate experience provides a significant pathway to political engagement that has the promise to shift the political discourse for the millennial generation.” —Dilafruz R. Williams, professor of Educational Policy, Foundations, and Administrative Studies, Portland State University, for Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, Spring 2008

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Meet the Author

The Authors

Anne Colby is a senior scholar at The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Elizabeth Beaumont is assistant professor of political science at the University of Minnesota.

Thomas Ehrlich is a senior scholar at The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Josh Corngold is a doctoral student in the philosophy of education at Stanford University.

Anne Colby, Thomas Ehrlich, and Elizabeth Beaumont, along with Jason Stephens, are the coauthors of Educating Citizens, published by Jossey-Bass in 2003.

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Table of Contents

Foreword.

Preface.

The Authors.

Introduction.

1. Citizenship, Politics, and Civic Engagement.

2. The Role of Higher Education In Preparing Citizens.

3. The Open Inquiry Imperative.

4. Creating Environments of Open Inquiry.

5. Teaching for Political Knowledge and Understanding.

6. Teaching Democratic Participation Skills.

7. Fostering Political Motivation.

8. Learning Through Discussion and Deliberation.

9. Learning Through Political Research and Action Projects.

10. Learning Through Speakers and Mentors.

11. Learning Through Placements, Internships, and Service Learning.

12. Learning Through Structured Reflection.

13. Putting the Pieces Together.

Appendix A: Course and Program Summaries.

Appendix B: Survey Scales and Results.

References.

Index.

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