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Inspiring Citizenship Through SportPresented at annual meeting of American College Personnel AssociationApril 1, 2008

Kathleen Hill –

Patience Whitworth –

The Ohio State University

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What do Sport & Citizenship have to do with each other?

  • Concepts of sport & citizenship in hg ed

  • Popular culture events

  • Sport participation data

  • CIRP data on civic engagement

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Purpose of Program

  • Think about sport as a means to helping students start, or move further along, on their journey that provides them with the understanding, motivation, and skills they need to meet the challenges of engaged citizenship.

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Purpose of Program

  • Explore the goals and dimensions of citizenship learning.

  • Consider how engagement in intentionally designed sporting experiences may inspire active citizenship.

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Presentation Format

  • Citizenship Overview

  • 3 Sport Contexts: Sites of Citizenship Learning

  • Model-Building Framework & Thematic Perspectives

  • Model-Building Discussion (small groups)

  • Synthesis Discussion & Closing

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Review of Literature

  • The tragedy is that the cynicism that stems from the abuses in athletics infects the rest of student life (Boyer, 1987)

  • Recent literature has further discussed the “corrosive” effect of collegiate athletics in particular (Colby et al., 2003; Shulman & Bowen, 2001)

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Review of Literature

  • Inherent in every setting is the potential for learning… including the playing fields. (Kuh et al., 1995)

  • “Civic learning can be incorporated into virtually any kind of student activity with sensitive guidance and support from faculty and staff advisors” (Colby et al., 2003)

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Review of Literature

  • Civic engagement defined as working to make a difference in the civic life of communities. (Erlich, 2000)

  • Civic engagement as a moral responsibility with 4 core values for responsible citizenship:

    • Concern for welfare & rights of others

    • Individual part of larger social system

    • Critical reflection

    • Commitment to discourse & procedural fairness

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Civic Learning Framework (Colby et al., 2003)

  • Six reasons citizenship education has lost emphasis in higher education

  • Three main sites for moral & civic education:

    1. Curriculum

    2. Extracurricular programs

    3. Campus culture

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Developmental Issues:Goals & Dimensions

  • Moral & civic understanding

  • Motivation to do the right thing

  • Practice

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Thematic Perspectives

  • Community Connections

  • Civic Virtues

  • Social Justice

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Sport Contexts:3 Sites of Citizenship Learning

  • Student participation in intercollegiate athletics

  • Student participation in recreational/intramural sports & club sports

  • Students as fans of intercollegiate athletics

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Model-Building Framework

  • Alignment with institutional & programmatic missions

  • Personnel & resource support

  • Intentional program design and outcomes

  • Assessment design and use

  • Three questions

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  • INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS: Sport & Citizenship Leadership Institute

  • SPORT CLUBS: Membership Development Programming

  • STUDENT FANS: Sportsmanship “Best Fans in Land” Initiative

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Model-Building Discussion

  • 3 Discussion Strands – Small Groups: recreational sports, intercollegiate athletics, student fans

  • Discussion Guide

  • Time

  • Report Out & Synthesis Discussion

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