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Towards an International Action-Research Agenda

This page explores the value-added opportunities to advance an international action-research agenda within classrooms and communities engaged in Project Citizen. 

Project Citizen as a generalized curriculum for public policy analysis and engagement

Civitas as an international community of practice

The University-Assisted Community School Model as an engine for international action-research on Project Citizen

Prospective psychology as an appropriate paradigm for action-research in civic education
Humans are unique in our ability to develop complex models of the future, and to select from among a
multitude of potentially desirable future outcomes. This ability for prospection, for mental time travel into the
future, is at once an emerging paradigm in diverse fields of applied human sciences (Seligman 2013,
Suddendorf & Corballis 2009), and clearly a core psychological mechanism in all domains of civic
engagement. That is, civic engagement is fundamentally a process of the active consideration and creation
of positive futures. To date, there have been no attempts to place civic education within the framework of
prospective psychology. Nor have there been any attempts to utilize the emerging science of prospection
itself as content to drive effective civic engagement within such educational efforts. 

Cross-Cultural Unified Human Sciences Engagement
  • Moral Foundations Questionnaire
  • Moral Vocabularies Analysis
  • Behavioral Economics Games
  • Quality of Life Analysis 
  • Institutional Analysis & Design