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Civic education in the twenty-first century : a multidimensional inquiry

Author: Michael T Rogers
Publisher: Lanham : Lexington Books, [2015]
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Imagine an America where politicians, governmental institutions, schools, new technologies, and interest groups work together to promote informed, engaged citizens. Civic Education in the Twenty-First Century brings together scholars from various disciplines to show how such a United States is possible today. Inspired by Alexis de Tocqueville's analysis of American democracy in the early 1800s, this edited volume  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael T Rogers
ISBN: 9780739193495 073919349X
OCLC Number: 909925359
Description: xxx, 497 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction, Michael T. Rogers --
Section I: The Case for Civic Education --
Chapter 1: A Meta-History of Formal Civic Education: An Episodic History to be Repeated? / Michael T. Rogers --
Chapter 2: It Can Work: The Surprisingly Positive Prospects for Effective Civic Education / Robert Maranto --
Chapter 3: The Irony of Civic Education in the United States / Jeffrey D. Hilmer --
Chapter 4: Models of Civic Education in America / Gary E. Bugh --
Section II: 21st Century Innovations in Civic Education --
Part A: National Government --
Chapter 5: The Role of Congressional Outreach in Civic Engagement: An Examination of Legislator Websites / Sally Friedman and Jessica L. Aubin --
Chapter 6: Encouraging Civic Participation through Twitter during (and after) the 2012 Election / Heather K. Evans --
Chapter 7: Engagement through the Oval Office: Presidential Rhetoric as Civic Education / Sara A Mehltretter Drury and Jeffrey P. Mehltretter Drury --
Part B: State and Local Government --
Chapter 8: An Examination of Judicial Civic Education and Community Outreach Efforts / Brendan Toner --
Chapter 9: The Civically Oriented Activities of Big City Mayors: The View from Website Press Releases / Michael A. Armato and Sally Friedman --
Chapter 10: Encouraging Civic Participation of Citizens through County Websites: A Case Study of Arkansas / Barbara Warner --
Part C: Private Institutions --
Chapter 11: Interest Groups, Twitter, and Civic Education / Shamira Gelbman --
Section III: Civic Education in Institutions of Higher Education --
Part A: Classroom-based Studies --
Chapter 12: Dude, Where's the Civic Engagement? The Paradoxical Effect of Civic Education on the Probability of Civic Participation / Donald M. Gooch and Michael T. Rogers --
Chapter 13: Educating Students about the National Debt: A Multiyear Study of Civic Education in the University Core Curriculum / Steven E. Galatas and Cindy Pressley --
Chapter 14: Moving Civic Education Research Forward: The Inter-Campus Consortium for SoTL Research / J. Cherie Strachan and Elizabeth Bennion --
Part B: Initiatives Beyond the Classroom --
Chapter 15: Democratizing Information: Web 2.0 Tools at Fort Hays State University / Chapman Rackaway and Carolyn Campbell --
Chapter 16: Teaching Local: Civic Engagement & Local Government / Mike Yawn --
Chapter 17: Partnering with your Local PBS Station to Promote Civic and Political Engagement / Elizabeth Bennion --
Conclusion, Donald M. Gooch.
Responsibility: edited by Michael T. Rogers and Donald M. Gooch.

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Imagine an America where politicians, governmental institutions, schools, new technologies, and interest groups work together to promote informed, engaged citizens. Civic Education in the Twenty-First Century brings together scholars from various disciplines to show how such a United States is possible today. Inspired by Alexis de Tocqueville's analysis of American democracy in the early 1800s, this edited volume represents a multidimensional evaluation of civic education in its new and varied forms. While some lament a civics crisis in America today, Civic Education in the Twenty-First Century raises hope that we can have an informed and active citizenry. We find the activities of a number of politicians, government institutions, schools and interest groups as promising developments in the struggle to educate and engage Americans in their democracy. New technologies and new innovations in civic education have laid the foundation for a revitalized American civic ecology. With Civic Education in the Twenty-First Century, we call for the United States to make these practices less isolated and more common throughout the county. The volume is broken into three major sections. First there are four chapters exploring the history and philosophical debates about civic education, particularly with respect to its role in America's educational institutions. Then, the second section provides seven groundbreaking inquiries into how politicians and political institutions can promote civic education and engagement through their routine operations. As some examples, this section explores how politicians through campaigns and judiciaries through community programs enhance civic knowledge and encourage civic engagement. This section also explores how new technologies like the Internet and social media are increasingly used by government institutions and other entities to encourage a more politically informed and engaged citizenry. Finally, the third section contains six chapters that explore programs and practices in higher education that are enhancing civic education, engagement and our knowledge of them. From the virtual civics campus of Fort Hayes State to citizens' academies throughout the country, this section shows the possibilities for schools today to once again be civics actors and promoters.--Publisher website.

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