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Civic Engagement - Outcomes

 


 


Outcomes



Model of Civic Learning

In this model, a student is led by his CURIOSITY to participate in activities that foster a new AWARENESS of a civic issue. Upon completion of the activity and with guided reflection on its outcomes, the student gains UNDERSTANDING. This outcome leads her into the next category of activities: those designed to advance ENLIGHTENMENT, or, a deeper appreciation of the issue and its myriad facets. As a result of an enlightening activity, a student is moved to ACTION, a state which leads him to undertake activities of yet another sort, the type that promote ENGAGEMENT, or, what may be termed commitment. At the end of these experiences, the student has been personally transformed. That transformation piques CURIOSITY about a new issue and thus the cycle continues. This model also recognizes that many students come to campus already AWARE of or ENLIGHTENED about a particular issue. For them, other entry points into the cycle are possible and additional outcomes are probable


Awareness

Learning activities that cultivate Awareness of issues related to civic life include but are not limited to:

  • Going on an Alternative Spring break trip
  • Taking a 100- or 200-level class such as GPOSC225; American Government or GSOCI110: Social issues in a Global Context
  • Participating in a service-learning project for the first time
  • Volunteering for a cause you want to learn about
  • Joining a campus organization, such as College Democrats, College Republicans, E.A.R.T.H., Orange Band, Relay for Life, or a service club or even some singing groups!

These activities typically have stated learning outcomes such as: the ability to define specific terms and concepts, to recognize diverse perspectives, to demonstrate improved critical thinking skills, or to summarize information.

Enlightenment

Learning activities that cultivate Enlightenment regarding issues related to civic life include but are not limited to:

  • Studying Abroad
  • Taking a 200- or 300-level class on a more focused topic
  • Helping to plan and implement a service-learning project
  • Conducting research for a paper or presentation on a particular issue or cause or problem

These activities typically have stated learning outcomes such as: the ability to explain sophisticated concepts, to apply knowledge or past experiences to the situation at hand, to compare and contrast examples.

Engagement

Learning activities that cultivate Engagement with issues related to civic life include but are not limited to:

  • Studying Abroad
  • Taking a 300- or 400-level course on a focused topic or devising an independent study
  • Initiating and supervising a service-learning project
  • Conducting research for a paper or presentation on a particular issue or cause or problem
These activities typically have stated learning outcomes such as: the ability to synthesize explain sophisticated concepts, to collect, analyze, and interpret primary data, or to evaluate and articulate needs.