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.
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Read the latest edition of Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, North Carolina Campus Compact’s peer-reviewed, online journal, hosted by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
This spring 2017 issue of Partnerships offers new perspectives and research on enduring matters for service-learning scholars and practitioners. Three articles tackle distinct areas of concern: co-curricular service to complement academic service-learning; international service-learning, and, curriculum development using a cross-sector team that does not adhere to traditional hierarchies. In addition, three book reviews confront the “why” of our engaged work even as we regularly strive to disseminate the best possible practices within engaged scholarship.
The journal is available online here.
- Creating Intentional Paths to Citizenship: An Analysis of Participation in Student Organizations (Julianne Gassman, Jennifer M. Beck, Jonathan Klein)
- Developing Compassionate and Socially Responsible Global Citizens through Interdisciplinary, International Service-Learning (Sara Fry, Aileen Hale, Kelli Soll, Christopher Bower, Adiya Jaffari)
- Bringing innovation theory to practice in a program model for collaborative knowledge building: The Curriculum Fellows Program (Laura Barbas-Rhoden, Beate Brunow, Sydnie Mick)
- The political classroom: Evidence and ethics in democratic education (Vincent Russell)
- Public participation for 21st century democracy (Jeanette Musselwhite)
- Engaged research and practice: Higher education and the pursuit of the public good (Kathleen E. Edwards)
Metropolitan Universities journal issue 28.1: Urban Food Networks, released in February, tackled the often complicated relationships between urban and metropolitan communities and the food systems they rely on. Authors in this issue explored how their academic institutions are taking steps to study and bring positive initiatives to change the conversations about food systems at their campus and the surrounding communities.
Three urban community farms community gardens in Cleveland, OH, Washington, D.C., and Richmond, VA, have been increasing community access to fresh food and are the feature of a recent article and photo gallery.
Click here to take a closer look at their efforts.
If you haven’t had a chance to read this issue, dive right in with articles such as:
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Also, keep an eye out: Metropolitan Universities issue 28.2: Charting the Future of Metropolitan Universities—DC Conference Issue will be published in May.