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The Law and Identity Reader: Cultivating Understanding, Agency, and Advocacy,  Jason Leggett and Helen-Margaret Nasser


“Rooted in transformative learning theory and social movement research, The Law and Identity Reader places learners in the forefront and includes opportunities for dialogue and self-reflection. This anthology is well suited to courses in civic engagment, law and society, governmental institutions, and democratic theory.”

The reader follows two research frameworks: empirical social science about the institutions, instrumentalities, and ideologies in the U.S. constitutional framework and Critical Participatory Action Research to guide students through their own civic identity and agency to be subjects of change.

Our process involves working with students to collaborate on their own inquiries, to identify their skills and interests, and to begin applying theories of participatory politics toward those inquiries.

We also believe that constructed dialogue is essential to participatory democratic thinking. This approach to constructing community requires reflection and discussion questions that allow learners to dig deeper beyond the main point and purpose of a reading.

Finally, we utilize digital technology to keep the conversation going and to link learning to agency beyond the classroom.





Supporting Critical Civic Learning with Interactive Technology”, Civic Engagement Pedagogy in the Community College: Theory and Practice






“From the Ground Up: Holistic Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement in a Diverse Urban Community College”,

Prioritizing Civic and Community Engagement on Community College Campuses,Helen-Margaret Nasser & Jason Leggett



“Like the airport, the community college consists of rules and routines, across roles, and people come from all different backgrounds and practices. All have some destination they want to reach. We want to move away from a model whereby we rely on the individual to volunteer their help, or from a collective of individuals following their own path, and shift toward a community that overcomes barriers together, thereby creating the civic ethos we seek.”


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