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UTSA dean emeritus publishes book on civic education

by Jo Ann Jones, COEHD    |    May 10, 2017

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Dr. Richard Diem, dean emeritus from the UTSA Honors College and the College of Education and Human Development, recently co-edited a book with Dr. Michael J. Berson from the University of South Florida that features the works of international educational scholars.


The book, “Mending Walls: Historical, Socio-Political, Economic, and Geographic Perspectives,” explores the ways in which social studies and social sciences education can be used to “mend the walls” that separate communities around the world.


“As with other publications I have completed, it feels good to see the final product of one’s work,” said Diem. “This volume is a bit different from other academic publishing projects I have been involved with as this book includes leading civic education researchers and writers from across the globe as well as the United States.”


“Mending Walls” is part of the International Social Studies Forum and includes papers presented at the 2016 Social Studies Education Forum International Conference in Germany. These papers focus on policy, democracy, and activism as it relates to education.


“The goal with this book was to further enhance an understanding of how to use democratic and civic education in understanding cultural differences and how educational policy is influenced by these structures,” said Diem. “I hope readers learn that a strong civic education, across the world, is one of the most important components in developing cross cultural understanding and democratic activism.”


The book is available for purchase through Information Age Press and Amazon.



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