The Civic Revolution on Campus: Student Activism and the Politics of Service Learning
“The Civic Revolution” examines the relationship between student activism and the emergence of service learning in American higher education. I chronicle how students interpreted postwar transformations in higher education through the expansion of international exchange; how student activists in the civil rights movement and the Peace Corps redefined the practice of education in the 1960s; and how “service learning” triumphed over other models of civic engagement on college campuses in the 1970s and 1980s. Using a diverse array of sources – including federal education reports, movement documentation, institutional records, and oral histories – I analyze the debates between student activists, service learning educators, university administrators, and federal policy makers concerning appropriate forms of citizenship within American higher education.
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)