Doctoral student Sandy Pope published in Social Education
Last month’s Social Education features an article by the Social Studies program’s own Alexander “Sandy” Pope. Authored with colleagues Laurel Stolte and Alison K. Cohen, “Closing the Civic Engagement Gap: The Potential of Action Civics” looks at action-oriented projects that address local issues as a means to motivate students academically and encourage them to be active citizens in a democracy. Says Pope:
This article is our first collaborative publication around the Generation Citizen civic engagement program. The three of us each bring a different perspective to the topic of youth civic engagement in schools, but there are many others working on the project. We only briefly describe the efforts of the dozens of staff, mentors, and gradate students involved in the development, implementation, and evaluation of this unique program. Similarly, while we are thrilled to have this article published in Social Education, we are also sharing our work at conferences like the KDP, NCSS, and AERA annual meetings.
Check out the full abstract below:
When taught in an engaging manner, civic education can help stimulate and motivate students to excel in other academic areas, while simultaneously preparing them to be active citizens in our democracy. As an initial attempt to more systematically analyze civic education practice, this paper presents four case studies of projects in one action civics program, Generation Citizen. While it is a descriptive study and cannot be used to draw conclusions about best practices in civic education, it can raise questions to guide much-needed further research, as well as share lessons learned that may be applicable to schools or organizations.