© 2012

Education as Civic Engagement

Toward a More Democratic Society

  • Editors
  • Gary A. Olson
  • Lynn Worsham

Part of the Education, Politics,and Public Life book series (EPPL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

    1. Gary A. Olson, Lynn Worsham
      Pages 1-4
  3. Historical Perspectives

  4. Emerging Trends

  5. Toward a Pedagogy of Hope

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 315-338

About this book


A collection of the finest works of scholarship examining education - mostly higher education - as civic engagement published over the last decade in JAC, an award-winning journal of rhetoric, politics, and culture.


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About the authors

DANIKA M. BROWN Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Texas - Pan-American, USA CHRISTOPHER CARTER is a Professor in the Department of English at the University of Oklahoma, USA WILLIAM DEGENARO Associate Professor of Rhetoric & Composition in the Department of Language, Culture, and Communication at the University of Michigan Dearborn, USA STEPHEN M. FISHMAN Professor of Philosophy at University of North Carolina Charlotte, USA SUSAN SEARLS GIROUX Associate Professor of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada BILL HENDRICKS Professor of English at California University of Pennsylvania, USA KENNETH J. SALTMAN Professor of Educational Policy Studies and Research at DePaul University, USA DALE JACOBS Associate Professor at the University of Windsor, Canada JEFFREY M. RINGER Assistant Professor in the Department of English & Modern Foreign Languages at Lee University, USA JEFFREY J. WILLIAMS Professor in the Literary and Cultural Studies program at Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Education as Civic Engagement
  • Book Subtitle Toward a More Democratic Society
  • Editors G. Olson
    L. Worsham
  • Series Title Education, Politics,and Public Life
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2012
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Education Collection Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-03368-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-137-03369-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-02105-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 338
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Educational Policy and Politics
    Educational Philosophy
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


"Education as Civic Engagement brings together some of the best essays yet published on the history, politics, and hopes for the future of higher education. This is a brilliant collection that is both rigorous and accessible. Given the crucial role that higher education plays in developing the formative culture necessary for critical literacy, social responsibility, and civic engagement, this book is a must-read and should be placed in the hands of all students, policy makers, politicians, social movements, and educators themselves. Gary Olson and Lynn Worsham have once again made a vital contribution to the ongoing conversation on public values, civic engagement, and the meaning and purpose of higher education." - Henry Giroux, McMaster University

"Education as Civic Engagement should be read by anyone teaching the democratic skills of critical inquiry, collaborative work, communication, and most certainly by those who prepare teachers for public education where these skills begin to appear in the curriculum. And the ideas in this volume must be discussed in classes that touch on the structure, governance, finance, and history of American public higher education. We cannot go on without understanding the real situations we face." - John W. Presley, Illinois State University