Civic Responsibilities

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A Practical Guide for

Integrating Civic Responsibility into the Curriculum

K a r l a G o t t l i e b and G a i l R o b i n s o n , Editors

A Practical Guide for

Integrating Civic Responsibility into the Curriculum
Edited by Karla Gottlieb and Gail Robinson

Community College Press ®
a division of the American Association of Community Colleges Washington, D.C.

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) is the primary advocacy organization for the nation’s community colleges. The association represents 1,100 two-year, associate degree– granting institutions and more than 10 million students. AACC promotes community colleges through six strategic action areas: national and international recognition and advocacy, learning and accountability, leadership development, economic and workforce development, connectedness across AACC membership, and international and intercultural education. Information about AACC and community colleges may be found at www.aacc.nche.edu. This material is based upon work supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service under Learn and Serve America Grant Number 00LHEDC001. Opinions or points of view expressed in this document are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official position of the Corporation or the Learn and Serve America program.

Cover photos courtesy Miami-Dade Community College and American Association of Community Colleges © 2002 American Association of Community Colleges Photocopying for nonprofit educational purposes is permitted. Printed in the United States of America. ISBN 0-87117-348-4

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Contents
Preface ..............................................................................................................................iv Contributing Writers ......................................................................................................v Introduction ......................................................................................................................1 Chapter 1 The Need for Civic Responsibility in Service Learning ..............................................5 Chapter 2 Defining Civic Responsibility......................................................................................13 Chapter 3 The Practice of Civic Responsibility ..........................................................................21 Chapter 4 Assessing Civic Responsibility ....................................................................................51 Chapter 5 A Final Reflection ......................................................................................................63 References ......................................................................................................................65 Appendix A Films, Quotations, and Articles ..................................................................................69 Appendix B Reflection Resources....................................................................................................71 Appendix C Reflection Exercises ....................................................................................................73 Appendix D Bibliography ................................................................................................................79 Appendix E Organizations and Web Sites ......................................................................................81 Index..................................................................................................................................83

Table 1 Essential Civic Competencies and Skills ..................................................................22 Table 2 Service Learning Activities ........................................................................................48 Table 3 Civic Responsibility Assessment Rubric ....................................................................59

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