NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
ERIC Number: ED380384
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Sep
Pages: 41
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Core Ideas of Democratic Civic Education and the Great Transformation in Central and Eastern Europe.
Patrick, John J.
This paper discusses the importance of civic education in the transformation from totalitarian communism to constitutional democracy in Central and Eastern Europe. The primary question of civic education for this great transformation is: What are the few core ideas of democratic civic education that learners must know and support to prepare them for citizenship in a democracy? This discussion highlights fundamental elements of any workable and conceptually sound curriculum. These elements may be elaborated and practiced variously to suit social and cultural differences. The assumption is that the ideas presented about curricular content are necessary, if not sufficient, to democratic civic education in Central and Eastern Europe or anywhere else in the world. The first task of democratic civic education is the clarification of the key idea, democracy. The intended educational outcome is to provide students with criteria to assess and appraise proposals and practices for which democratic claims are made. Educators should introduce a minimal definition of democracy and elaborate upon it through explication of a set of core concepts with which it is inextricably associated in the operations of any authentic democratic polity. Students in possession of these key ideas would have intellectual tools for interpreting and judging the extent to which political systems (including their own) are, or are not, exemplifications of democracy. Constitutionalism and individual rights, separation of powers, civil society, and economic freedom have become important facets of all authentic modern models of democracy. (DK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A