Educating Citizens

Educating Citizens

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Educating Citizens reports on how some American colleges and universities are preparing thoughtful, committed, and socially responsible graduates. Many institutions assert these ambitions, but too few act on them. The authors demonstrate the fundamental importance of moral and civic education, describe how the historical and contemporary landscapes of higher education have shaped it, and explain the educational and developmental goals and processes involved in educating citizens. They examine the challenges colleges and universities face when they dedicate themselves to this vital task and present concrete ways to overcome those challenges. Through a grand tour of American higher education, Educating Citizens shows how institutions can equip students with the understanding, motivation, and skills of responsible and effective citizenship. The book includes rich examples from in-depth studies at twelve institutions and from a wide range of effective programs and approaches on other campuses. The authors guidelines for implementing these programs can be applied in the full range of higher education institutions. Educating Citizens is essential reading for all who believe that higher education can play a critical role in the health of American democracy by helping students become responsible citizens of the nation, the world, and their own communities.removed racist language from a training manual, and helped convince an employer to refuse a contract to work on chemical ... idea from his or her honors thesis that seeks to improve some aspect of society; one such idea was to create a Web site that tracks environmental hazards. ... At Indiana University and Notre Dame, for example, alumni clubs in cities throughout the country are focused on service, anbsp;...

Title:Educating Citizens
Author:Anne Colby
Publisher:John Wiley & Sons - 2003-02-17


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