Literacy scholars embrace community engagement as a way to become involved in critical contemporary conversations. Yet, researchers should not be seduced by romantic, well-intentioned motives of community work and fail to acknowledge who is being served by their research? We invite submissions for a special issue on the challenges and opportunities of public engagement and literacy research.
What is Global Citizenship? This issue explores global civic engagement, university student awareness, and global service learning in higher education. Mike Stout et al. discuss the impact of social media on student civic participation. This issue introduces the Features section publishing descriptive, juried media, and other innovative civic engagement projects.
This issue of the eJournal examines Social Entrepreneurship in higher education, business, and communities. Topics include community-engaged impact entrepreneurship and why social entrepreneurship should be taught in higher education. Other contributions include a photo essay about the Warm Heart project in rural Thailand, a book review, and a Features video about social entrepreneurship in Springfield, Missouri.
This multi-faceted issue looks at civic education in several different forms. Contributors explore reciprocity in community presence and university partnerships, the effect of digital stories in diverse learning environments, and the impact of Project Citizen in pre-service teachers’ curriculum. A best-practices offering of media literacy in higher education examines how to advance student civic engagement. Additionally, this issue includes two reviews on the books Collaborative Futures: Critical Reflections on Publicly Active Graduate Education and Beyond Zuccotti Park: Freedom of Assembly and the Occupation of Public Space.
This special topic issue, dedicated to eCitizenship, is compiled by guest editor Michael Stout. Articles assess the use of Facebook to advance civic engagement and global learning in a first-year seminar course, and examines two models—the Democracy Plaza at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and the Civil Debate Wall at the University of Florida (UF)—that promote civil dialogue on a college campus. Additionally, one author responds to Mark Bauerlein’s claim that the millennial generation cannot be trusted by testing millenials’ political knowledge and awareness compared to their pop culture understanding.
What role do universities play in shaping democratic engagement in campuses across the country? This issue includes the keynote address used at the 2012 American Democracy Project conference, exploring the challenges universities create when encouraging democratic engagement. One article supports democratic education as a general ethos in higher education. Also included is a book review of The Painted King: Art, Activism, and Authenticity in Hawaii, and a video promoting media submissions to the eJournal.
Our first electronic issue examines the participation of young Americans in the realms of civic and political engagement. By interviewing thirty-five young American professionals, the author explores perceptions and definitions of a “good citizen.” Also included is an editorial that describes the scope and mission of the eJournal of Public Affairs.