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Social Innovation and Civic Engagement: A Critical Praxis for Engagement in Higher Education

Social Innovation and Civic Engagement: A Critical Praxis for Engagement in Higher Education

Cadence Willse

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“Social Innovation and Civic Engagement: A Critical Praxis for Engagement in Higher Education” appears in Connecting Civic Engagement and Social Innovation Toward Higher Education’s Democratic Promise. This book offers a much-needed appraisal of two key social change movements within higher education: civic engagement and social innovation. The authors critically explore the historical and contemporary contexts as well as democratic foundations (or absence thereof) of both approaches, concluding with a discussion of possible future directions that may make the approaches more effective in fulfilling the broader democratic mission of U.S. higher education. This is an essential resource for those in higher education who wish to promote and advance social change, as it provides an opportunity to critically examine where we are with our civic engagement and social innovation approaches and what we might do to best realize their promise through changes in our educational processes, pedagogical strategies, evaluation metrics, and outcomes.

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