|Author(s)||F. Klaus Koopmann|
|Editor||A. Ross, The Experience of Citizenship|
Having been involved in civic education for quite some time my perception is that we should do a lot better preparing our students sustainably for their present and future roles as enlightened and autonomous citizens being able and willing to carry on with the project of a humane and democratic society. It's not that we should reinvent the wheel and develop completely new strategies. Appropriate concepts of effective civic learning have been available since John Dewey began writing about democracy, experience, and education. This paper wants to make the case for a learning strategy of effective civic learning by reflective civic doing, a concept being known as experiential civic learning, by summarizing the rationale and the urgent need for this learning strategy and by pointing out some of its core elements to make experiential civic learning perhaps more plausible and convincing.