Education for Citizenship: Ideas and Innovations in Political Learning

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This book addresses the challenge of education for citizenship at a specific, concrete level. It offers examples of efforts to create among our students a new set of what Tocqueville called mores or culturally defining "habits of the heart" which will enhance citizenship, foster a sense of connectedness to a community stretching beyond the university, and ultimately, support the practices, basic values, and institutions necessary for the democratic process.

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Overview

This book addresses the challenge of education for citizenship at a specific, concrete level. It offers examples of efforts to create among our students a new set of what Tocqueville called mores or culturally defining "habits of the heart" which will enhance citizenship, foster a sense of connectedness to a community stretching beyond the university, and ultimately, support the practices, basic values, and institutions necessary for the democratic process.

Author Biography: Grant Reeher is associate professor of political science at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Joseph Cammarano is assistant professor of political science at Providence College.

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H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online
An engaging and useful collection of essays. . . . Political scientists who are interested in developing their students into responsible citizens can do well by reading through this practical guide. Together, the essays offer political scientists a wide range of ways to integrate citizenship-based projects and activities into their courses or their departments' curriculum. As such, Reeher and Cammarano should be commended for bringing together these timely perspectives into a single volume.
Eugene E. Garcia
A very important volume for educators in its explicit emphasis on and powerful examples of the importance of education in a democratic society. It is also impressive in its handling of diversity and pluralism, bringing into focus the importance of heterogeneity in a truly democratic nation. The volume's emphasis on 'active learning' will also be appreciated by educators, making very clear that the values of citizenship and the responsibilities of democracy must be acquired and practiced in student activity, not in passive learning. I recommend the volume to all my educator colleagues.
Education Book Review
The authors . . . discuss the techniques they use to not only teach about good citizenship but to actually elicit engaged citizenship behaviors from their students. In the process, they incorporate some of the best new teaching techniques into college-level courses. All of the authors take pains to present the background and rationale for the programs they describe. . . . Well written and edited.
H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online
An engaging and useful collection of essays. . . . Political scientists who are interested in developing their students into responsible citizens can do well by reading through this practical guide. Together, the essays offer political scientists a wide range of ways to integrate citizenship-based projects and activities into their courses or their departments' curriculum. As such, Reeher and Cammarano should be commended for bringing together these timely perspectives into a single volume.
Eugene E. Garcia
A very important volume for educators in its explicit emphasis on and powerful examples of the importance of education in a democratic society. It is also impressive in its handling of diversity and pluralism, bringing into focus the importance of heterogeneity in a truly democratic nation. The volume's emphasis on 'active learning' will also be appreciated by educators, making very clear that the values of citizenship and the responsibilities of democracy must be acquired and practiced in student activity, not in passive learning. I recommend the volume to all my educator colleagues.
Benjamin R. Barber
Learning, above all civic learning, needs to be experiential as well as purely cognitive. Serving others is not just a form of do-goodism or feel-goodism, it is a road to social responsibility and citizenship. When linked closely to classroom learning ('education-based community service') it offers an ideal setting for bridging the gap between the classroom and the street, between the theory of democracy and its much more obstreperous practice.
Education Book Review, (Web Site) - Kate Corby
The book is well-written and edited
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847683659
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Grant Reeher is associate professor of political science at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Joseph Cammarano is assistant professor of political science at Providence College.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Some Themes from Recent Innovations and Questions for the Future 1
1 Teaching American Politics through Service: Reflections on a Pedagogical Strategy 17
2 Service Learning as Civic Learning: Lessons We Can Learn from Our Students 31
3 The Urban Agenda Project 51
4 Citizenship Courses as Life-Changing Experiences 63
5 Public Affairs Internships: Comimg of Age 81
6 Enhancing Citizenship through Active Learning: Simulations on the Policy Process 101
7 Doing the Rights Thing: Tales of Citizenship and Free Speech 119
8 Teaching the Art of Public Deliberation: National Issues Forums on Campus 135
9 Democratizing the Classroom: The Individual Learning Contract 153
10 Wading in the Deep: Supporting Emergent Anarchies 171
11 Teaching Deliberation: Citizenship Education and Cross-Disciplinary Team Teaching 189
12 Using the Internet to Enhance Classroom and Citizenship Information 199
13 The Internet as a Tool for Student Citizenship 214
Bibliography 231
Index 241
About the Contributors 245
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