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Integrating Civility into the Classroom: Practicing and Teaching Civility to Prepare Students for Career Success

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Conference

2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

Start Date

June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016

ISBN

978-0-692-68565-5

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Size, Civility, and the Classroom Culture: Setting Class Tone with a Student-centered Perspective

Tagged Division

New Engineering Educators

Tagged Topic

Diversity

Page Count

18

DOI

10.18260/p.25788

Permanent URL

https://peer.asee.org/25788

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3828

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Ralph Ocon Purdue University Calumet

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Abstract

Integrating Civility into the Classroom: Practicing and Teaching Civility to Prepare Students for Career Success

The focus of most engineering and technology programs is to provide students with the technical skills required for success in their future careers. Often overlooked, but equally important for career success, is training on the “soft skills.” In particular, faculty need to integrate the practice and teaching of civility into their courses.

The far-reaching benefits of civility cannot be overstated. Civility can help to resolve many challenges in academia, the workplace and society. From overcoming bullying and discrimination, to promoting diversity and improving interpersonal relationships.

A growing civility movement is currently being undertaken at several levels; local, national and international. Civility is also impacting various institutions, including high schools, government and some workplaces. University faculty can further this movement by practicing classroom civility and incorporating the teaching of civility to their students. An understanding of civility can provide students with the social skills necessary for career success.

Faculty need to reevaluate traditional teaching approaches in order to integrate multidisciplinary learning into their courses. Through civility education, teachers can help students to recognize the life-long benefits civility can have on their future success.

In the paper the author will describe how he practices classroom civility and integrates the teaching of civility into his subjects. The paper will identify the benefits of civility and why it’s important for students to learn about civility. Also the paper will provide ideas for engineering and technology faculty on how they can incorporate civility concepts into their subjects and classroom management.

Ocon, R. (2016, June), Integrating Civility into the Classroom: Practicing and Teaching Civility to Prepare Students for Career Success Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25788

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