APSA Publications

Teaching Civic Engagement Across the Disciplines (2017)​

Explains how campuses can promote high quality education for civic engagement, providing a wealth of examples of successful practices, techniques, and assessment strategies.​

Teaching Civic Engagement: From Student to Active Citizen (2013)

Provides an exploration of key theoretical discussions, innovative ideas, and best practices in educating citizens in the 21st century.

Selected Chapter Summaries
Teaching Civic Engagement Across the Disciplines

Chapter 1Why Do We Need Government? The Role of Civic Education in the Face of the Free Rider ProblemJane Mansbridge, Harvard Kennedy School
Chapter 2The Politically Engaged ClassroomNancy Thomas and Margaret Brower, Tufts University
Chapter 3Deliberative Pedagogy’s Feminist Potential: Teaching Our Students to Cultivate a More Inclusive Public SphereJ. Cherie Strachan, Central Michigan University
Chapter 4The Essential Role of Campus Planning in Student Civic EducationAndrew J. Seligsohn and Maggie Grove, Campus Compact
Chapter 5Excerpts from a Crucible Moment and Civic PromptsCaryn McTighe Musil, Northwestern University
Chapter 6Civic Education, A Key to Trust in GovernmentKatherine Barrett and Richard Greene, Barrett and Greene Inc.
Chapter 7The History of Civic Education in Political Science, The Story of a Discipline’s Failure to LeadMichael T. Rogers, Arkansas Tech University
Chapter 8Active Learning and the Acquisition of Political Knowledge in High SchoolDiana Owen and G. Isaac W. Riddle, Georgetown University
Chapter 9Essential School Supports for Civic LearningShawn P. Healy, Robert R. McCormick Foundation Democracy Program
Chapter 10Using Twitter to Promote Classroom and Civic EngagementGina Serignese Woodall and Tara M. Lennon, Arizona State University
Chapter 11All Politics Is Local: Teaching Urban Studies to Suburban StudentsConstance A. Mixon, Elmhurst College
Chapter 12Promoting Civic Engagement in a Required General Education CourseJohn Suarez, SUNY Cortland
Chapter 13Fostering Civic Engagement Through the Arts: A BlueprintConstance DeVereaux, Colorado State University
Chapter 14Service-Learning in an Environmental Engineering Classroom: Examples, Evaluation, and RecommendationsTara Kulkarni and Kimberly Coleman, University of Vermont
Chapter 15Partnering with Campus and Community to Promote Civic Engagement: Miami University’s Citizenship and Democracy WeekJohn Forren, Miami University
Chapter 16Teaching Faculty to Teach Civic Engagement: Interdisciplinary Models to Facilitate Pedagogical SuccessSarah Surak and Alexander Pope, Salisbury University; Christopher Jensen and Alison Rios Millett McCartney, Towson University
Chapter 17Politically Themed Residential Learning Communities as Incubators of Interest in Government and PoliticsJohn McTague, Towson University
Chapter 18Collaborative Civic Engagement, A Multidisciplinary Approach to Teaching Democracy with Elementary and University StudentsAnn N. Crigler, Gerald Thomas Goodnight, Stephen Armstrong, and Aditi Ramesh, University of Southern California
Chapter 19Unscripted Learning: Cultivating Engaged CatalystsJames Simeone, James Sikora and Deborah Halperin, Illinois Wesleyan University
Chapter 20New Resources for Civic Engagement: The National Survey of Student Leaders, Campus Associational Life, and the Consortium for Inter-Campus SoTL ResearchJ. Cherie Strachan, Central Michigan University and Elizabeth A. Bennion, University South Bend
Chapter 21Civic Engagement Centers and Institutes Promising Routes for Teaching Lessons in Citizenship to Students of All DisciplinesElizabeth C. Matto, George Washington University and Mary McHugh, Merrimack College
Chapter 22Moving Forward with Assessment: Important Tips and ResourcesElizabeth Bennion, University South Bend
Chapter 23Politics 365, Fostering Campus Climates for Student Political Learning and EngagementNancy Thomas and Margaret Brower, Tufts University
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