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"To Serve a Larger Purpose": Engagement for Democracy and the Transformation of Higher Education
edited by John Saltmarsh and Matthew Hartley
Temple University Press, 2012
Paper: 978-1-4399-0507-4 | Cloth: 978-1-4399-0506-7 | eISBN: 978-1-4399-0508-1
Library of Congress Classification LA227.4.T6 2011
Dewey Decimal Classification 378.015

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

"To Serve a Larger Purpose" calls for the reclamation of the original democratic purposes of civic engagement and examines the requisite transformation of higher education required to achieve it. The contributors to this timely and relevant volume effectively highlight the current practice of civic engagement and point to the institutional change needed to realize its democratic ideals.

Using multiple perspectives, "To Serve a Larger Purpose" explores the democratic processes and purposes that reorient civic engagement to what the editors call "democratic engagement." The norms of democratic engagement are determined by values such as inclusiveness, collaboration, participation, task sharing, and reciprocity in public problem solving and an equality of respect for the knowledge and experience that everyone contributes to education, knowledge generation, and community building. This book shrewdly rethinks the culture of higher education.

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