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Educating Citizens serves to educate at all levels of higher education

Rebecca Jordan (Rebecca Jordan is Assistant Professor, Environmental Education and Citizen Science, in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA.)

On the Horizon

ISSN: 1074-8121

Article publication date: 1 January 2006

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Abstract

Purpose

To provide readers with a summary and appraisal of the book, Educating Citizens: Preparing America's Undergraduates for Lives of Moral and Civic Responsibility.

Design/methodology/approach

After a thorough examination of the text, its value is considered from the perspective of a university faculty member who is interested in the development of citizen education programs.

Findings

Educating Citizens: Preparing America's Undergraduates for Lives of Moral and Civic Responsibility provides a thought‐provoking case for the development of civic and moral learning programs at undergraduate institutions. Using their research at 12 diverse higher learning institutions, the authors highlight the importance of and impediments to developing citizen education programs and go further to define and establish goals for such programs. Detailed strategies on how to incorporate civic learning into the classroom, curriculum programs, extracurricular activities, and the institution at large are also evaluated.

Research limitations/implications

This review is written from the perspective of a faculty member at a large US public university. While there are many commonalities between perspectives from the diversity of higher learning institutions, there are likely to be some differences.

Practical implications

This review provides the reader with insight into Educating Citizens: Preparing America's Undergraduates for Lives of Moral and Civic Responsibility and will aid in the decision to examine this text.

Originality/value

Given that citizen education initiatives are gaining international recognition, the reader is likely to gain further understanding into how colleges and universities are approaching the increasing demand for civic learning.

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Citation

Jordan, R. (2006), "Educating Citizens serves to educate at all levels of higher education", On the Horizon, Vol. 14 No. 1, pp. 7-8. https://doi.org/10.1108/10748120610648417

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2006, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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