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
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.”
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."
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.
Handling partisanship and polarization in the classroom
Strategies for dealing with political divides from the Teaching Tolerance website.
Civic learning across 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.
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.
Overview of how to improve civic learning on campuses and in classrooms.
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
"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."
"Strives to change civic culture and institutionalize democratic engagement activities and programs on college campuses, making them a defining feature of campus life."
"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."
"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.
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."
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
A list of useful tools to facilitate civic learning.