ERIC Number: ED381422
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Sep
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Teaching Democracy through Experiential Education: Bringing the Community into the Classroom.
Couto, Richard A.
Experiential education, service learning in particular, offers one pedagogy for teaching democracy. This paper presents a rationale for teaching democracy through service learning and provides general and specific guidelines for accomplishing the goal. Models of service learning are described that teachers can incorporate into classroom assignments and other parts of the curriculum. Action research, one form of service learning, integrates community service and the democratic curriculum particularly well. Action research provides political scientists with inter-disciplinary research methods allied with critical theory. Service learning offers political scientists pedagogies to disseminate to other departments and schools. These methods for civic education express the goals of the traditional liberal arts and promote interdisciplinary study of power and equality. Two service learning programs at the University of Richmond are described, LINCS (Learning in Community Settings) and COMPS (Community Problem Solving Seminar). (EH)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education, Civics, Community Involvement, Community Programs, Democracy, Government School Relationship, Higher Education, Public Affairs Education, Public Service, School Community Relationship, Secondary Education, Service Learning, Social Responsibility, Social Values
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers: University of Richmond VA
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (New York, NY, September 1-4, 1994).