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    STUDIA PSYCHOLOGIA-PAEDAGOGIA - Issue no. 1 / 2003  
         
  Article:   CIVIC MISSION OF THE UNIVERSITY AND THE TEACHING PROCESS.

Authors:  SIMONA-ELENA BERNAT.
 
       
         
  Abstract:  The mission of the university changed during the 20th century under the influence of scientific and cultural progress. Universities have maintained their initial functions: transmission of culture, professional formation and research, but have added new functions to better respond to the requirements of the community that hosts them: innovation in technology, public instance for critical examination and commitment to civil rights, social justice and reforms. There are five ways in which the civic mission of today`s university can be accomplished: 1. the student is redefined as a consumer 2. the teaching strategies are student-centered 3. the theoretical fundaments of teaching are predominant constructivist 4. service learning is used 5. the graduate is equipped with civic skillsThe term literacy has gained a new dimension under these circumstances, the dimension of civic literacy.  
         
     
         
         
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