Chad Woolard, Ph.D., is an instructional assistant professor in the school of communication at Illinois State University and a long-time ADP supporter. His new book, Engaging Civic Engagement: Framing The Civic Education Movement In Higher Education (Lexington Books, 2017) is what we’re busy reading.
According to Chad, his new book asks:
What is civic engagement? That is the central question that every person who promotes civic education must answer to advocate for civic engagement and teach students’ civic and political engagement skills. However, the answer to that central question is often difficult because there are numerous, competing definitions of civic engagement. For new practitioners, gaining an understanding of civic education can be overwhelming; and for season practitioner, it is difficult to articulate civic education to administrators and practitioners beyond one’s own civic education perspective. Engaging Civic Engagement: Framing The Civic Education Movement In Higher Education provides an unique and much needed analysis of the various perspectives on civic education and identifies points of agreement and disagreement among civic education scholars and is useful for anyone who is interested in or advocates civic education in higher education.
Learn more about the book in this flyer.
Use code LEX30AUTH17 for a special 30% discount on this book through 9/1/2018.
We recommend reading the latest issue of the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement (JHEOE), a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal published by the University of Georgia. JHEOE is dedicated to advancing theory and practice related to outreach and engagement between higher education and communities.
In the latest issue, volume 21, No. 2, JHEOE authors address opposing perspectives on the purpose of engagement and tensions and contradictions in the relationships between communities and universities, among many other topics. Authors view community engagement from multiple conceptual perspectives, including community-based learning, collaborative relationships and faculty development and engagement as a strategy for justice. The reflective essays, research articles, projects, and book reviews in this issue provide new insight into challenges and explore problems to an even greater depth.
The journal is available here.
Projects with Promise:
Beginning with this issue, Volume 23 Number 1 (fall 2016), each issue of the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning (MJCSL) will be published using an open access digital format. MJCSL will no longer have a one-year embargo period. Each issue will be accessible upon its release.
MJCSL – it’s what we’re reading!
Research and Theory
Emily Morrison and Wendy Wagner
Margaret A. Brown, Jared D. Wymer, and Cierra S. Cooper
Kari M. Grain and Darren E. Lund
Dan Richard, Cheryl Keen, Julie A. Hatcher, and Heather A. Pease
Special Section: The SLCE Future Directions Project
Guest Co-Editors: Patti H. Clayton, Sarah E. Stanlick, Edward Zlotkowski, and Lori E. Kniffin
Sarah Stanlick and Edward Zlotkowski
Sarah Stanlick and Marla Sell
Brandon Whitney, Stacey Muse, Barbara Harrison, Kathleen E. Edwards, and Patti Clayton
Lori E. Kniffin, Timothy J. Shaffer, and Mary H. Tolar
Joe Bandy, Anna Bartel, Patti H. Clayton, Sylvia Gale, Heather Mack, Julia Metzker, Georgia Nigro, Mary Price, and Sarah Stanlick
Lori E. Kniffin and Jeffrey Howard
Book Review Essays
Reviewed by Dick Cone and Susan C. Harris
Reviewed by Lane Graves Perry, III
From the Education Commission of the States:
50-State Comparison: Civic Education and Companion Report
With the enactment of the Every Student Succeeds Act, states have innovative opportunities to provide students with a well-rounded education. Civic education is a vital aspect of a well-rounded education and states across the country have passed legislation related to civic learning and engagement. The ultimate goal is to provide students with opportunities to actively participate in civic and democratic life.
This 50-State Comparison is an update to the 50-State Comparison: Civic Education Policies, released in 2013, and provides a statewide overview of social studies and civic education legislation and identifies trends, distinctions and outliers. The Companion Report for this 50-State Comparison highlights key legislation and specific school curricula related to civic education.
“Exploring and understanding how states across the country approach civic learning and citizenship education through policy and curriculum opens the door for opportunities for improving policies and increasing student engagement in civic issues,” said Jan Brennan, project leader for the National Center for Learning and Civic Engagement, a center within Education Commission of the States. “This 50-State Comparison serves as a resource to help states evaluate their current civic education policies and ensure their students are prepared for future civic engagement.”
Some key takeaways from this report:
- More than half of the states require some form of civic education assessment.
- The majority of states do not include civics, social studies or citizenship in their education accountability systems.
- States vary considerably in the policy device and manner in which they address civic education in statute, administrative code, and curriculum and standards frameworks.
For questions, contact Education Commission of the States Communications Director Amy Skinner at email@example.com or (303) 299.3609.
Well-Being and Higher Education: A Strategy for Change and the Realization of Education’s Greater Purposes. August 2016. Edited by Donald W. Harward. From Bringing Theory to Practice and AAC&U. Read an excerpt online.
Hunger On Campus: The Challenge of Food Insecurity for College Students. October 2016. By James Dubick, Brandon Mathews and Clare Cady. From College & University Food Bank Alliance, National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness, Student Government Resource Center, and Student Public Interest Research Groups. Download the full report here (pdf).
Hispanic-Serving State College and Universities Aim to Boost Political, Civic Engagement. September 19, 2016. By Michelle Davis. From Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine. Read the full article, which features ADP campuses the University of Houston-Downtown and California State University Chico, here.