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Jb-Carnegie Foundation for the Adavancement of Teaching #10: Educating for Democracy: Preparing Undergraduates for Responsible Political Engagementby Anne Colby
Synopses & Reviews
Educating for Democracy
Most educators recognize the importance of preparing students for responsible citizenship. But how can academic institutions educate for political understanding and engagement when there is so much material to cover, so many intellectual skills and capacities to build, and so little time to accomplish these goals?
Educating for Democracy reports the results of the Political Engagement Project, a study of educational practices at the college level that prepare students for responsible democratic participation. In this book, coauthors Anne Colby, Elizabeth Beaumont, Thomas Ehrlich, and Josh Corngold show that education for political development can increase students' political understanding, skill, motivation, and involvement while contributing to many aspects of general academic learning.
Drawing on both quantitative and qualitative data from the Political Engagement Project, Educating for Democracy articulates what it means to teach effectively for political learning without imposing particular ideologies on students. The book presents the authors' well-reasoned argument for the importance of educating for democratic participation and offers practical and much-needed guidelines for faculty and administrators who want to help their students become more fully engaged in political life.
Educating for Democracy suggests five pedagogical strategies that have proven to be effective for supporting college students' political development including political discussion and deliberation, political research and action projects, invited speakers and program-affiliated mentors, external placements, and structured reflection. These teaching strategies can be specifically tailored for courses in many disciplines, supporting both political learning and other substantive goals of the course. In addition, the book contains practical advice on how to increase the likelihood that the political learning achieved in college will last beyond graduation.
Book News Annotation:
Arguing that students should understand and participate in the political process, Colby (The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching) Beaumont (political science, U. of Minnesota), Ehrlich (The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching), and Corngold (a doctoral student in philosophy of education, Stanford U.) report the results of the Political Engagement Project, which was a study of educational practices at the college level that prepare students for democratic participation. The project documented 21 courses and cocurricular programs, students' perspectives on their experiences, and the impact of these experiences on aspects of political development. After describing the theoretical and conceptual issues related to the topic, and goals in political development that higher education should address, they outline five strategies for preparing undergraduate students for political engagement: discussion and deliberation, research and action projects, invited speakers and program-affiliated mentors, external placements, and structured reflection. Indexes are divided by name and subject. Jossey-Bass is an imprint of Wiley. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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
Educating for Democracy reports the results of the Political Engagement Project, a study of educational practices at the college level that prepare students for responsible democratic participation. In this book, coauthors Anne Colby, Elizabeth Beaumont, Thomas Ehrlich, and Josh Corngold show that education for political development can increase students’ political understanding, skill, motivation, and involvement while contributing to many aspects of general academic learning.
About the Author
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.
Table of Contents
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.
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