The Importance Of Civic Engagement In Today's Society

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Civic engagement is defined as, “citizens (who) participate in the life of a community in order to improve conditions for others or to help shape the community’s future.” (Adler 2005) The purpose of civic engagement is building on and creating new ethics that can be important for future success. Future success in our younger generations is significant as well as the ethics they establish for themselves. Getting students to understand that they can help and hopefully get their voices across in their community is an important aspect to get them involved in their community. There can be many ways to require college students to become more civically active in their community and they will be discussed in this review in hopes that civic engagement …show more content…
Using statistical data they are able to show the probability of students who will participate in helping better their community. In order to promote civic engagement in students they describe a case at Iowa State University and how “students were required to attend at least two meetings of a public board or agency of their choice. Their assignment was to observe the use of critical thinking skills, parliamentary procedure, consensus building and public input.” (Kruempel et al. 2006). Once these students were done with their assignment in the article it shows a substantial change in the college student’s attitude in civic engagement. One described the experience as “fulfilling,” while some students weren’t sure if they’d continue to be involved in community service activities (Kruempel et al. 2006). In summary, this study wants to stress the overall importance of civic engagement in college students. Civic engagement can be used as a launching port into the world of hard work and that plays well into the idea of having goals and ideas for the future. Looking back at the article, having the students be required to do community service there was a substantial response, as students described their experiences. …show more content…
“Today we are living in the information age, the digital age, a period in which digital communications are the backbone of the economy and society.” (Mandarano, Meenar and Steins. 2010). In the study by Mandarano in 2010, it’s stated that, “nearly any new technology can be potentially used to increase citizen participation.” (Mandarano et al. 2010). Technology can catapult the younger generations into civic engagement just by flipping on their phones or opening their computers. This new technology is in the early stages called a planning practice and is still being examined as a new way of bring civic engagement to younger generations (Mandarano et al. 2010). The new digital age discussed in the study, describes how society has become closer with a click of the button and how there is a death of distance present in today’s society. Humans can now communicate across oceans and even on the moon as was shown in 1969 during the lunar landing. With technology changing and adapting, generations of adolescents are doing the same by becoming more intertwined in the digital age. This would bring new horizons to civic engagement and would help young adults become more engaged, “for twenty-two year olds such virtual networks can encourage greater civic engagement, which was measured as participating in a club or other extracurricular activity.” (Mandarano

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