Psychology represented in federal report on collegiate civic education

A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future addresses concerns over America’s weakening civic health by stressing democratic engagement in higher education.

Led by Dr. Robin Hailstorks, APA staff helped develop this joint U.S. Department of Education and Association of American Colleges and Universities report by participating in a national roundtable discussion and by commenting on earlier drafts. The report, released Jan. 10 via a White House webcast, identifies APA as one of several disciplinary partners.

Psychology can provide meaningful insight into many of the fundamental skills in the report’s new vision for civic learning. Among these skills are critical inquiry and reasoning capacities, deliberation and bridge-building across differences, the ability to engage different points of view and cultures, collaborative decision-making, open-mindedness, civility, ethical integrity and mutual respect.

For more information, contact APA’s Office of Precollege and Undergraduate Education.