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Education for Democracy: Preparing Undergraduates for Responsible Political Engagement


reviewed by Joe Lott, II June 30, 2008

coverTitle: Education for Democracy: Preparing Undergraduates for Responsible Political Engagement
Author(s): Anne Colby, Elizabeth Beaumont, Thomas Ehrlich and Josh Corngold
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco
ISBN: 0787985546, Pages: 384, Year: 2007
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Anne Colby, Elizabeth Beaumont, Thomas Ehrlich, and Josh Corngold have made an important contribution to understanding the process by which teaching and political learning can guide students to becoming engaged citizens in a pluralistic democracy. Building on their previous work in Educating Citizens: Preparing America’s Undergraduate for lives of Moral and Civic Responsibility that detailed the multidimensionality of colleges and universities’ approach to civic and moral development, Education for Democracy: Preparing Undergraduates for Responsible Political Engagement centers on the premise that the core tenets of political engagement are political understanding, skill, motivation, and involvement. Since the teaching and learning process related to these political tenets is the central focus of the book, the authors present compelling arguments about how academic achievement and political development are mutually reinforcing. The content of the book is from the Political Engagement Project (PEP), a study that investigated a wide range of approaches that were considered... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: June 30, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15294, Date Accessed: 10/24/2017 3:42:33 AM

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  • Joe Lott, II
    University of Washington
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    JOE LOTT, II is an Assistant Professor of Education Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Washington.
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