Educating Citizens: Preparing America's Undergraduates for Lives of Moral and Civic Responsibility

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Educating Citizens reports on how some American colleges and universities are preparing thoughtful, committed, and socially responsible graduates. Many institutions assert these ambitions, but too few act on them. The authors demonstrate the fundamental importance of moral and civic education, describe how the historical and contemporary landscapes of higher education have shaped it, and explain the educational and developmental goals and processes involved in educating citizens. They examine the challenges colleges and universities face when they dedicate themselves to this vital task and present concrete ways to overcome those challenges.

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Educating Citizens
Now with a new preface by the authors, Educating Citizens reports on how some American colleges and universities are preparing thoughtful, committed, and socially responsible graduates. Many institutions assert these ambitions, but too few act on them. The authors demonstrate the fundamental importance of moral and civic education, describe how the historical and contemporary landscapes of higher education have shaped it, and explain the educational and developmental goals and processes involved in educating citizens. They examine the challenges colleges and universities face when they dedicate themselves to this vital task and present concrete ways to overcome those challenges.

"[A] profoundly timely and enlightening book." 
- Eamonn Callan, Associate Dean and Professor of Education, Stanford University

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"Educating Citizens contains much of value and interest to all of its intended audiences. . . . This volume provides what we need to understand the complex concepts of moral and civic learning and to consider what each of us can do to help students become the educated and motivated citizens who will ensure the future of democracy."
--Journal of College Student Development
"Colby, Ehrlich, Beaumont, and Stephens. . . . stimulate reflection about what it requires to be intentional about preparing critically thinking, morally discerning, and engaged citizens."
--Teaching Theology and Religion

About the Author:

Anne Colby is a senior scholar at The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. She is the former director of the Henry Murray Research Center at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.

Thomas Ehrlich is a senior scholar at The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He is the former president of Indiana University, provost of the University of Pennsylvania, and dean of Stanford Law School.

Elizabeth Beaumont is a research associate at The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Jason Stephens is a research assistant at The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and a doctoral candidate in educational psychology at Stanford University.

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