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"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
Margaret Mead

Is there a difference between civic and academic knowledge, attitudes, and skills?

In addition to relevant academic content (“knowledge”), many values, skills, attitudes, and dispositions, etc. that students acquire through their academic studies also have a place in civic life.  Here are some areas of academic development and the areas of civic development to which they correspond:

Academic Capacity Civic Capacity
Disciplinary Knowledge Policy-relevant knowledge
Personal and Social Responsibility
Global Engagement 
These are also civic beliefs,
attitudes and dispositions.
Critical Thinking
Active Inquiry
These are cognitive skills needed for
civic life.
Oral Communication
Written Communication 
These are key participatory skills.
Judgment Because certainty can be elusive,
judgment often is required in both
intellectual and civic life.

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