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Civic Education & Engagement

civ.ics siviksThe study of the workings of the national and local government, especially as the subject of a secondary school course suited as training for citizenship.

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
   Dick Simpson

   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.

Read Teaching Civic Engagement Across the Disciplines here at no cost!

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.

Find out more and read a printable version of the book here.

Campus Compact

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.

Learn more about civics and Constitution Day and Citizenship Day teaching resources here! 

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.

Learn more here.
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