Using a Critical Service-Learning Approach to Facilitate Civic Identity Development

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This article highlights elements of civic engagement programs that have the rich potential to facilitate civic identity development. Focusing on research with alumni, the study examines 3 civic engagement programs, the approaches of which are guided by critical service-learning. It explores elements of the experiences that alumni name as influential to their learning, development, and present commitments to understand the ways that civic engagement programs based in a critical service-learning approach can encourage them to develop commitments to active citizenship as exemplified by Knefelkamp's (2008) vision of a mature sense of civic identity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)20-28
Number of pages9
JournalTheory into Practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2015

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