Further Reading on Civic Education

An annotated list of sources related to the pedagogy of civic education. 

Arguments for including civic learning in higher education

"Civic Engagement at Community Colleges"

Op-ed by Matt Reed offering a cogent opinion that students in community colleges often lack interest in and knowledge of politics, even though issues like income inequality, free community college, and health care have a profound impact on them.  He encourages community colleges to make “a deliberate choice to encourage students to have those political conversations on campus.”

"Renewing Civic Education"

Scholarly argument by Ellen Condliffe Lagemann and Harry R. Lewis that higher education "should give students the skills they need for personal success as well as the values, ideals, and civic virtues on which American democracy depends." 

Guardian of Democracy:  The Civic Mission of Schools

Report by the Annenberg Institute and the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools arguing that schools must promote civic learning.  It includes benefits, proven practices, ways to promote civic learning, and policy recommendations.

The Annenberg Classroom

Free resources for teaching about the Constitution.  Their well-articulated definition of civic education is particularly useful, as is their annotated list of civics resources.

Handling partisanship and polarization in the classroom

"Polarized Classrooms"

Strategies for dealing with political divides from the Teaching Tolerance website.

Civic learning across disciplines

"Civic Prompts:  Making Civic Learning Routine Across the Disciplines"

Overview of the goals of introducing civic learning into the college curriculum, as well as a useful questionnaire and self-reflection exercise for teachers who are considering infusing their curriculum with civic education published by the American Association of Colleges & Universities.

"Don't Retreat.  Teach Citizenship."

Op-ed from The Chronicle of Higher Education by Michael B. Smith, Rebecca S. Nowacek, and Jeffrey L. Bernstein that exhorts faculty from all disciplines to include citizenship education as an important part of their curricula rather than shying away from controversial topics.

"Election Imperatives:  Ten Recommendations to Increase College Student Voting and Improve Political Learning and Engagement in Democracy"

Overview of how to improve civic learning on campuses and in classrooms.

Teaching Civic Engagement Across the Disciplines 

Online book on civic engagement published in 2017.  Chapter 2 on "The Politically Engaged Classroom" and Chapter 5 with "Excerpts from A Crucible Moment and Civic Prompts" are especially recommended.

Organizations related to civic learning in higher education

The American Democracy Project

"A network of more than 250 state colleges and universities focused on public higher education’s role in preparing the next generation of informed, engaged citizens for our democracy."

ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge

"Strives to change civic culture and institutionalize democratic engagement activities and programs on college campuses, making them a defining feature of campus life."  

Campus Compact

"A national coalition of 1,000+ colleges and universities committed to the public purposes of higher education [that builds] democracy through civic education and community development."

The Institute for Democracy & Higher Education at Tufts University

"Serves as a leading venue for research, resources, and advocacy on college student political learning and engagement in democratic practice. Through research, resource development, and convening, [they] strive to inform and shift college and university priorities, practices, and culture to strengthen democracy and advance social and political equity."  Their collection of external resources is useful.  

Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement

CIRCLE "focuses on young people in the United States, especially those who are marginalized or disadvantaged in political life. CIRCLE’s scholarly research informs policy and practice for healthier youth development and a better democracy."

Recommended books

The Political Classroom 

An excellent study that explores various ways that teachers "aim toward creating 'political classrooms,' which engage students in deliberations about questions that ask, 'How should we live together?'"  This is a link to the book's website and recommended resources.

Links to other annotated bibliographies

National Conference of State Legislatures

A list of useful tools to facilitate civic learning.


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