ERIC Number: ED403202
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
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Political Culture in the School and Classroom: Does It Matter?
With an increasingly wide variety of programs currently labeling themselves "civic education" and being taught by civic educators, the question at hand is how the culture of schools and classrooms contribute to supporting democratic political culture. This paper explores the questions: "Does the structure of the school and classroom have the potential to encourage the development of democratic citizens?" and "Is a school or a classroom organized in an authoritarian manner less likely to encourage the development of skills and attitudes that are democratic?" by making assumptions that how individuals conduct classroom instruction and provide opportunities to practice participation and structure power relations in the school have important consequences in promoting a culture of democracy. Specific paper sections include: (1) "Democratic Citizenship and Education: Making the Connections"; (2) "Promoting a Culture of Democracy: Democratic Practices and Democratic Citizens"; (3) "Education for Democracy: Which Democracy?"; (4) "Democratic Classrooms and Schools: How Democratic Do They Need To Be?"; and (5) "Conclusions: Towards Greater Clarity." (CB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the International Conference on Individualism and Community in a Democratic Society (Washington, DC, October 6-11, 1996).