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
|These are also civic beliefs,
attitudes and dispositions.
|These are cognitive skills needed for
|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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