Richard M. Battistoni is Professor of Political Science at Providence College and Campus Compact Engaged Scholar on Civic Engagement. Formerly the Director of the Feinstein Institute for Public Service at Providence College, Rick also developed and directed service-learning efforts at Rutgers and Baylor Universities. A scholar in the field of political theory with a principal interest in the role of education in a democratic society, his major service-learning publications include Experiencing Citizenship: Concepts and Models for Service-Learning in Political Science (co-edited with William E. Hudson) and "Making a Major Commitment: Public and Community Service at Providence College,” in Zlotkowski, ed., Successful Service-Learning Programs. Another book, Education for Democracy: Citizenship, Community and Service, which he co-edited with Benjamin R. Barber, is a principal textbook used in service-learning classes taught around the country. Rick is currently heading a National High School Civic Engagement Initiative, a two-year project funded by a grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts.
Civic Education Across the Curriculum offers faculty in all disciplines rationales and resources for connecting their service-learning efforts to the broader goals of civic engagement. Campuses promoting engagement are beginning to tie service-learning practices to their civic mission of preparing students for participation in a diverse, democratic society. There are, however, few resources for faculty—especially those in fields not traditionally linked with civic education—to think about how civic engagement might be incorporated into their own disciplinary perspectives and course goals. This volume distills a wide range of disciplinary perspectives on citizenship into usable conceptual frameworks. It provides concrete examples of course materials, exercises, and assignments that can be used in service-learning courses to develop students’ civic capacities, regardless of disciplinary area. This volume will assist faculty in their own curricular work as well as enable them to combine their individual initiatives with others across their campus.
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This handbook is designed to help departments develop strategies for including community-based work in their teaching and scholarship, making community-based experiences a standard expectation for majors, and encouraging civic engagement and progressive change at the departmental level. It acts as both a resource and a curriculum, assisting others in replicating the Engaged Department Institutes offered nationwide by Campus Compact.
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