ERIC Number: ED331736
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Classroom Life as Civic Education: Individual Achievement and Student Cooperation in Schools. Professional Ethics in Education Series.
Bricker, David C.
The hidden curriculum of most classrooms actively discourages students from learning both the autonomy and the social virtues that are at the foundation of good citizenship. This book provides ideas on how teachers can foster civic education by expanding opportunities in the classroom for students to collaborate with other students. The teaching styles of five veteran teachers are analyzed in order to understand how they try to instill in students socially dependent individualism. Connections are drawn between a liberal theory of politics and the daily work of teachers as characterized by teachers themselves. These connections are intended to broaden the perspectives of teachers by helping them grasp the philosophical assumptions behind their approaches to fairness to students. Using a liberal theory of people as moral subjects, the argument is made for cooperative learning methods. (DB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Citizenship Education, Civics, Classroom Techniques, Cooperation, Cooperative Learning, Democratic Values, Educational Philosophy, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethics, Liberalism, Philosophy, Political Science, Political Socialization, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Influence, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Methods
Teachers College Press, 1234 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10027 ($21.95).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Evaluative
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