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Quick Hits for Educating Citizens

Quick Hits for Educating Citizens
by James L. Perry and Steven G. Jones, Indiana University Press, 2006. 192 pages.
reviewed by Silvia Foti

In today’s real-world, real-time academic climate, in which faculty are expected to teach beyond the textbook so that students can apply their skills outside of the classroom, Quick Hits for Educating Citizens: Successful Strategies by Award-Winning Teachers offers plenty of ideas to nudge or, if necessary, shove students into service and into contributing to the needs in their community.

Presented in an easy-to-digest format that looks more like a workbook than a traditional book, Quick Hits for Educating Citizens, in less than 140 pages, presents ideas and strategies for integrating civic education into university curricula, a trend that, according to the book, continues to grow. It focuses on “educating citizens, providing a rationale for making civic education an intentional component of the curriculum, as well as offering successful models of curriculum-based civic education activities from faculty across the disciplines.” The book’s underlying mission is to foster young citizens who want to make a difference in their world, by voting, by getting involved in democracy, by writing letters to the editor, by participating in soup kitchens, building

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