Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (Paperback)

New Directions for Community Colleges, Number 173

By Bernie Ronan (Editor), Carrie B. Kisker (Editor)

Jossey-Bass, 9781119233923, 136pp.

Publication Date: March 14, 2016

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Concepts of civic learning and democratic engagement are central to the purpose of higher education, especially for community colleges. This volume:

  • establishes a philosophical framework for civic learning and democratic engagement in community colleges,
  • details several approaches to enhancing the civic capacities of students in these institutions,
  • provides best practice examples and lessons learned from practitioners in the field, and
  • addresses some of the sticky issues such as: What are the outcomes of civic learning programs and practices? How might civic competencies transfer to other settings? Is there a connection between civic skills and those valued in the workplace?

This is the 173rd volume of this Jossey-Bass quarterly report series. Essential to the professional libraries of presidents, vice presidents, deans, and other leaders in today's open-door institutions, New Directions for Community Colleges provides expert guidance in meeting the challenges of their distinctive and expanding educational mission.

About the Author

Bernie Ronan is former associate vice chancellor for public affairs at the Maricopa County Community College District and co-founder of The Democracy Commitment.Carrie B. Kisker is an education research and policy consultant in Los Angeles, California, and a director of the Center for the Study of Community Colleges.