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Civil Society

A collection of persons who associate together to explore or promote their interests or goals. While civil society is not necessarily political or economic, it provides a sphere outside of the state or private sector in which people are motivated by their own goals, apart from profit or the good of the state. For that reason, civil society can exercise significant political influence. The growth of civil society is considered a mark of successful economic development of a country or region.
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Sporte and Kahne (2007) found that in-class learning experiences and service learning opportunities were the strongest predictors of students' civic commitments in a longitudinal study of Chicago Public Schools high school freshmen and juniors (1, 8-10).
Past research indicates that service-learning is able to bring about a variety of positive student outcomes ranging from intellectual growth and personal development to civic commitment (Rhoads, 1998; Gray, Geschwind, Ondaatje, Robyn, Klein, Sax, Astin, & Astin, 1996; Astin, Vogelgesang, Ikeda, & Yee, 2000).
The Russian nationalism on display in Dead Souls was not of the flag-waving, heart-warming variety, but rather, in Bojanowska's words, "a reform-minded civic commitment to Russia's much-needed social, economic, and cultural improvement" (p.
<p>"In September an overall civic commitment to developing a culture of human rights was reflected in parliamentary elections which were monitored by domestic and international groups," writes the report.
In chapter two, Gilson considers the outspoken voices that emerge in the second half of the fourteenth century and in the first decades of the fifteenth such as those of Giovanni Gherardo da Prato, Cino Rinuccini, and Domenico da Prato who praise Dante for his fiorentinita, his civic commitment, and overall learning in the face of mounting criticism against him by humanists inspired by Petrarch.
Favorable tax treatment and civic commitment alone do not produce such results.
Without taking more aggressive steps as a nation to put our country's civic health on the national radar screen--and to engage families, schools, communities, churches and political institutions in fostering a spirit of civic commitment among our young people --the future of that democracy looks grim.
The author writes frankly about the usefulness of "Webb's relatively broad-minded spirit, his frank opposition to fanaticism, and his lasting civic commitment" [15] for those seeking to craft a synthesis between American and Muslim identities in a post-9/11 United States.
Often the rhetoric around the benefits of civic commitment development in college students revolves around the need of society to have engaged citizens so that our democracy is strengthened (Westheimer & Kane, 2004).
* Modern collegetowns reduce the rate of public school attrition, teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, and alcohol abuse by helping to create community aspiration and civic commitment to make downtowns more attractive, vibrant, and, most importantly, more livable.
Antaria's strategy was used in a town in southwestern France, where it led to the signing of a civic commitment charter in May 2004 between Casco Industrie, a company that makes formaldehyde-based glue, and the Sabareges Association, a local collective that had long been opposed to locating the plant there for fear of the environmental hazards.