The Role of University on the Civic Preparation of the Youth
Keywords:civil education, participation, practical activities, active citizenship
AbstractUniversity plays an important role in equipping students with knowledge and academic expressions. The institution helps the students in development of society understanding and civil engagement. The aim of this study is to observe the role of university through the curricula in civil preparation of the students and their awareness for active civic participation. The study used a mix quantitative and qualitative scientific method. The instrument included online closed and open questions, which were completed from 50 second year students, of Education Faculty, Professional Master “Elementary Education Teacher” and Professional Master of “Didactics”. The study resulted that students are very interested in being prepared in Democratic Civil Education. Practical activity is very important, but the pandemic was an obstacle in performing practical activities. Students state that using convincing argument, preparation job and researching the information from various sources helps them develop high-level thinking, and reach high results. Family civil education also helps them in continuing further education. Students gain knowledge, skills, attitudes and values from the university as prerequisites to be active future citizens. Realizing the teaching quality indicators in university is necessary for youth healthy democratic formation. It is important to increase students’ awareness and motivation for change. This is to make them aware in fulfilling their mission on creating a democratic civil society, with responsible citizens for their roles and engagement taken. Universities should know their responsibilities by including in the Education Faculty programs the curricula of Civil Education to increase students’ academic and create practical expressions.