ERIC Number: ED417098
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Education for Public Democracy. SUNY Teachers Empowerment and School Reform Series.
Sehr, David T.
This book identifies two competing traditions of American democracy and citizenship: a dominant, privately-oriented citizenship tradition and an alternative tradition of public democratic citizenship. Based on the second tradition, the book outlines a set of qualities an effective democratic citizen must possess, as well as a number of ideal school practices that promote these qualities in young people. This discussion provides a framework for analyzing two democratic urban alternative high schools. The book is divided into two sections with nine chapters. Part 1, "American Democracy: Privatized or Public?," contains: (1) "Democratic Ideology, Hegemony, and Education"; (2) "Ideological Roots of Privatized and Public Democracy: Contrasting Locke and the Federalists with Rousseau and Jefferson"; (3) "Privatized Democracy: Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Ideology and Practice"; (4) "Public Democracy"; and (5) "Education for Public Democratic Citizenship." Part 2, "Democratic Education? Tales from Two Schools," includes: (1) "Structure and Organization to Two Democratic High Schools"; (2) "Curriculum and Pedagogy in Two Democratic High Schools"; (3) "Promoting Public Democratic Citizenship: Student Responses to School Programs"; and (4) "In Search of Public Democratic Education." (EH)
Descriptors: Change, Decision Making, Democracy, Educational Change, Educational Philosophy, Elementary Secondary Education, Participative Decision Making, Professional Autonomy, Teacher Empowerment, United States History
State University of New York Press, State University Plaza, Albany, NY 12246 (cloth: ISBN-0-7914-3167-3; paperback: ISBN-0-7914-3168-1).
Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
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