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Civic engagement in the field of Psychology  [cached]
Tiffany Chenneville,Susan Toler,Vicki T Gaskin-Butler
The Journal of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning , 2012,
Abstract: The purpose of this article is to describe the importance of, and recommendations for how best to promote, civic engagement among undergraduate psychology majors. In this article, we will describe how the goals of civic engagement are consistent with the specific curricular goals of undergraduate psychology programs. We also will (a) review the empirical support for civic engagement in the field of psychology and describe the implications of this method for teaching students about diversity; (b) discuss some of the challenges associated with incorporating civic engagement in psychology courses as well as provide strategies for overcoming these challenges; (c) discuss some of the unique ethical issues related to civic engagement in the field of psychology; and (d) provide recommendations, using specific examples, for how to incorporate service-learning activities as a means of encouraging civic engagement in psychology courses.
Partnerships in Service Learning and Civic Engagement  [cached]
Robert C. Bringle,Patti Clayton,Mary Price
Partnerships : A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement , 2012, DOI: 10.7253/partj.v1i1.415
Abstract: Developing campus-community partnerships is a core element of well-designed and effective civic engagement, including service learning and participatory action research. A structural model, SOFAR, is presented that differentiates campus into administrators, faculty, and students, and that differentiates community into organizational staff and residents (or clients, consumers, advocates). Partnerships are presented as being a subset of relationships between persons. The quality of these dyadic relationships is analyzed in terms of the degree to which the interactions possess closeness, equity, and integrity, and the degree to which the outcomes of those interactions are exploitive, transactional, or transformational. Implications are then offered for how this analysis can improve practice and research. KEYWORDS Service learning, civic engagement, partnerships
Service-learning and Civic Engagement in India  [cached]
Gail Ann McEachron,Guru Ghosh
Partnerships : A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement , 2012, DOI: 10.7253/partj.v0i0.427
Abstract: With the increased influx of Indian immigrants and India’s recent economic boom, faculty and administrators have recognized the need to expand curricula, study abroad, civic engagement and service learning programs to increase cross-cultural understanding. At the College of XXX, four undergraduate students and the two authors participated in a five-week service-learning/civic engagement program in Kolkata and Darjeeling, India. Pre- and post-assessments examined students’ changes in knowledge of and attitudes toward: Asian-Americans of Indian descent, Indians, and Indian culture. Findings indicated attitudinal changes toward Asians and Asia. KEYWORDS service-learning; civic engagement; community partnerships
Civic Engagement in Higher Education: Concepts and Practices
Glenn A. Bowen
Partnerships : A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement , 2012, DOI: 10.7253/partj.v0i0.436
Abstract: As the new millennium dawned, it became clear that American higher education had done some serious soul-searching in light of concerns that it was losing distinctiveness in pursuit of prestige. Moreover, many institutions began returning to their roots in response to exhortations to take a new leadership role in preparing students for active, responsible citizenship. Ernest Boyer struck a responsive chord when he proposed the scholarship of engagement as a means whereby the academy would employ its considerable resources to tackle the social, civic, and ethical problems that beset our communities (Boyer, 1996). In 1999, higher education leaders across the country articulated their commitment to the civic purposes of their institutions as vital agents and architects of a flourishing democracy (Campus Compact, 2000). The present decade has witnessed a widespread renewal of higher education’s historical commitment to public engagement and the growth of service-learning as a pedagogical approach to developing civic knowledge and skills. However, much work remains to be done. Social problems persist, locally and globally; today’s youth view political involvement with skepticism; civic learning is lacking, or lagging. That is the basis of Civic Engagement in Higher Education: Concepts and Practices.
What counts as young people’s civic engagement in times of accountability? On the importance of maintaining openness about young people’s civic engagement in education  [PDF]
Maria Olson
Utbildning & Demokrati : Tidsskrift f?r Didaktik och Utbildningspolitik , 2012,
Abstract: One aspect of the ICCS study’s measurement of young people’s citizencompetence is “civic engagement”. In this article it is argued that even though the study’s assessment captures important aspects of young people’s civic engagement, too strong educational reliance on it may contribute to meagreness in the educational assignment to see to an engaged citizenry. By providing deeper insight into the ICCS study’s assessment rationale, and by presenting qualitatively derived examples of young people’s civic engagement, it is suggested that in order to see to fruitful ways of approaching the educational task of providing for young people’s civic engagement, we need to maintain openness to different depictions of civic engagement. Among them those that matter as such for the young people themselves inand through the social and material practices they take part in.
Predicting Civic and Political Engagement: Family Socialization and Age-Group Differences
Terrolyn P. Carter
Sociation Today , 2009,
Abstract: Scholars suggest that there has been a significant decline in civic and political engagement among recent generations. Using data from the 2006 Civic and Political Health of the Nation survey, it is found that education, socioeconomic status and family socialization predict civic and political engagement during adulthood. In addition, a higher percentage of adults volunteer and vote more than young adults.
The Impacts of Educational Attainment, Professional Interests, and Residency on Community Involvement and Civic Engagement
Elizabeth Young
Colonial Academic Alliance Undergraduate Research Journal , 2011,
Abstract: Individual civic engagement choices are quite complex and various life events and experiences can influence a person's civic activity or lack thereof. This work examines a group of citizens in a specific location who have chosen to take the first step toward serving their community. The goal of the research is to view civic engagement in broader terms than just a motivation to vote on Election Day, but to provide a sustainable volunteer force for improving communities. The research investigates the role educational attainment plays in encouraging civic involvement.
Education Not for Money: An Economic Analysis on Education, Civic Engagement and Life Satisfaction  [PDF]
Leonardo Becchetti, Nazaria Solferino, M. Elisabetta Tessitore
Theoretical Economics Letters (TEL) , 2016, DOI: 10.4236/tel.2016.61006
Abstract: Many recent theoretical and empirical findings both in Economics and in Psychology show that, in addition to the effects on policy outcomes, political participation may affect individual utility and increase happiness and well-being. In this paper we devise a theoretical model where the individual utility grows through the civic engagement, which may be enjoyed only with a sufficient level of investment in civic capital accumulated through education. We show that investing in education may have important consequences for subjective well-being by enhancing civic capacities which are relevant to improve individual’s civic engagement and social outcomes, even without any monetary effects. More specifically, we identify a form of non pecuniary benefits of education represented by the possibility of taking an active and successful part in social and civic life which significantly contribute to life satisfaction.
Civic engagement: An examination of public relations students’ perceptions and attitudes in the field  [PDF]
Lisa T. Fall
PRism Online PR Journal , 2004,
Abstract: This article explores the perceptions of student participants in civic engagement public relations projects. The reported research is a pilot project which will lead into a much larger, longitudinal study, and the author is keen to hear from other researchers examining similar issues or using related methodologies. Contact details are available at the end of the article.
Online Opportunities for Civic Engagement? An Examination of Australian Third Sector Organisations on the Internet
Barraket, Jo
Australian Journal of Emerging Technologies and Society , 2005,
Abstract: This article reports on a preliminary analysis of Australian third sector, or non-profit, organisations’ attempts to mobilise citizen engagement using online technologies. Recent debates about the nature and importance of citizen engagement, and the impacts of online technologies on citizen engagement, are reviewed in order to identify the significance of these technologies to third sector organisations. Drawing on a content analysis of 50 Australian third sector organisations’ websites, I then consider the ways in which these organisations are, or are not, utilising online technological capacity to mobilise citizen engagement with their organisational activities. The research concludes that, while the organisations reviewed are utilising the capacity of online technologies to present information about their offline activities, they are less consistent in using these technologies to mobilise civic engagement in new ways. The implications of the research findings are discussed in relation to the future of the Australian third sector and public policy.
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