Civic engagement and service learning opportunities provide students with unique real-world experiences they are unable to acquire in a traditional in-class setting. Students develop a commitment to the community in which they live, exposure to other populations, leadership abilities, skills to work successfully within a team, and a chance to learn from failure. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has recognized the importance of such opportunities and has added the Community Engagement Classification to the restructured Carnegie Classifications of Institutions of Higher Education. The purpose of this paper is to provide a synthesis of the literature that addresses civic engagement and service learning opportunities and to describe a university class that was designed to provide undergraduate students with a capstone service learning experience promoting wellness for older adults in the community. Data that were collected to evaluate the success of the class are also described.
Developing Leadership Skills and a Commitment to Civic Engagement During an Undergraduate Community-Based Service Learning Class
Kim C. Graber, Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko, Jamie A. O’Connor, and Jenny M. Linker
Fitness Philanthropy: Exploring a Movement at the Nexus of Leisure, Charity, and Events
Catherine Palmer, Kevin Filo, and Nicholas Hookway
practices and events can act as sites of suffering and embodied social practices that make visible the meaning and politics of philanthropy, physical activity, illness, and wellness, and shed light on issues such as citizenship, civic engagement, generosity and individual, state, and corporate
Developing Social Justice Outcomes Through Service Learning Among Sport Management Students
Nneka Arinze, Jesse Mala, Max Klein, and Justine Evanovich
that can encourage students’ development of civic engagement (or engagement with the greater community) and a greater understanding of diversity ( Bringle & Hatcher, 1996 ). Unfortunately, the service-learning experience has been criticized as reproducing and reinforcing the very biases and attitudes
Civil Society, Physical Activity, and the Involvement of Sport Sociologists in the Preparation of Physical Activity Professionals
Janet C. Harris
Civil society refers broadly to processes of collective decision-making and action that entail (a) active, uncoerced involvement; (b) trust of one’s fellow citizens; (c) responsibility and care for the well-being of others; and (d) social networks featuring many horizontal relationships. There is much evidence that a robust civil society is related to a better quality of life. Unfortunately, there is also evidence that civil society is declining, squeezed by both the market and the state. Because sports and exercise are often focal points for civic engagement, these activities have the potential to become important sites its revitalization. Therefore, a crucial task is the preparation of future physical activity professionals to become change agents who recognize the need for enhancing civil society and are familiar with strategies to help bring this about. Sport sociologists should take the lead in shaping this component of professional preparation.
Discovery, Integration, Application and Teaching: Service Learning through Sport and Physical Activity
Jennifer E. Bruening, Rachel M. Madsen, Justin M. Evanovich, and Rhema D. Fuller
Service learning and civic engagement have taken on both renewed and increased importance in sport management (Chalip, 2006; Frisby, 2005; Inglis, 2007). The following manuscript represents data collected from 10 offerings of a Sport Management Service Learning course. Ninety-one of the 131 students consented to the use of selected journals, online discussions, and group papers. Analysis was organized around the following a priori themes and subthemes that emerged from the literature: discovery (the increased knowledge of different cultures, reduction of negative stereotypes, and increased self knowledge), integration (the reward of helping others, feeling like you can make a difference, working with others, and connecting to the community), and application (leadership skills and the emotional power of service learning helps students connect intellectually with coursework) (Boyer, 1990; Eyler & Giles, 1999). Subthemes for discovery also emerged from the data and included: knowledge of classmates’ cultures, future plans and being viewed as an expert. A discussion of the findings and recommendations for future research on and application of service learning as a sport management pedagogy follows the results.
Eco-Modernist Environmental Politics and Counter-Activism Around the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games
Kyoung-yim Kim and Heejoon Chung
of civic engagements, and the messages conveyed. Two sets of data were collected to analyze the dominant and parallel environmental discourses of the Winter Olympics. The first draws upon the environmental discourses and policies of the Green Games that both the Korean government and POCOG put forth
Adaptation to Athletic Retirement and Perceptions About Aging: A Qualitative Study of Retired Olympic Athletes
Michelle Pannor Silver
“other adrenaline” in civic engagement. He dedicated much of his life to the civil rights movement and to advocating for broader inclusion of women in sports. He lamented the fact that he could never replace the nervous, excited energy he had experienced as an athlete, but knew that civic engagement was
“Core Stability”: Should There Be a Bigger Focus on Foundational Skills in the Kinesiology Curriculum?
Barry Braun, Nancy I. Williams, Carol Ewing Garber, and Matthew Hickey
original. Many universities, including Colorado State University, are actively reexamining and updating their focus on general education classes and an all-university curriculum with an eye toward affirming and accentuating principles of inclusion, civic engagement, leadership, team building, respectful
Collective Memory and Social Movements: Football Sites of Memory in Supporters’ Activism
Dino Numerato and Arnošt Svoboda
that more or less institutionalized facets of collective memory—stemming from sociocultural assets to more abstract forms of communicative memory based on nostalgia and shared experiences—function as important vehicles of civic engagement and activism among football supporters ( Botiková, 2018 ; Brown
Service-Learning and Physical Education in Preservice Teacher Training: Toward the Development of Civic Skills and Attitudes
María Maravé-Vivas, Jesús Gil-Gómez, Odet Moliner García, and Carlos Capella-Peris
diverse people, and to contribute to a better coexistence in society. Specifically, Celio et al. ( 2011 ) observed significant advances in the level of civic engagement, community involvement, and social skills related to leadership and empathy. Rusu et al. ( 2015 ) asserted that attitudes toward