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Education for civic engagement and responsive governance were founding objectives of the political science profession at the beginning of the 20th century and remain essential for the 21st century. Supporting and sustaining quality civic education has been an important theme throughout the history of the American Political Science Association.
APSA Books on Civic Engagement
Teaching Civic Engagement Across the Disciplines (2017)
Elizabeth C. Matto
Alison Rios Millett McCartney
Elizabeth A. Bennion
About the Authors
Building on the 2013 book Teaching Civic Engagement: From Student to Active Citizen, this newest edition explains how campuses can promote high quality education for civic engagement, providing a wealth of examples of successful practices, techniques, and assessment strategies. It focuses on best practices across disciplines and campuses, evaluating the goals, challenges, and rewards of integrating civic education into the curriculum.
Including an online supplement to the book which provides additional materials and resources on civic education:
Teaching Civic Engagement: From Student to Active Citizen (2013)
Edited by Alison Rios Millett McCartney, Elizabeth A. Bennion, and Dick Simpson, this book provides an exploration of key theoretical discussions, innovative ideas, and best practices in educating citizens in the 21st century.
APSA has endorsed the Campus Compact 30th Anniversary Statement & Plan. Campus Compact is an organization committed to helping institutions of higher education promote civic engagement among students.
Constitution Day and Citizenship Day
Constitution Day and Citizenship Day takes place each September to commemorate the signing and adoption of the Constitution on September 17, 1789. The day provides an opportunity for students across the country to learn about the history and meaning of the Constitution.
Online Civics Resources
APSA's Committee on Civic Education and Engagement assembled a list of resources to guide teachers through campaign and election season.
Election Information and Voter Education Links:
Learn more about organizations that promote civic education, youth activism, and service learning here.
For data and reports on civic education, go here.
Webinars for Teachers
APSA works with political science faculty to facilitate webinars on topics related to political science education, including the teaching of elections and the U.S. political system.