ERIC Number: ED448134
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Lift Every Voice and Sing: Democratic Dialogue in a Teacher Education Classroom.
This paper describes a model that builds on the assumption that educators teaching foundations of education courses have a unique opportunity to model the democratic process and a moral responsibility to infuse the art of human conversation and self-transcendence into education. Exposure to such classes may encourage preservice teachers to go beyond the search for pedagogical recipes and reflect on larger metaphysical responsibilities. The educational practice model presented here has philosophical connections to Shor's liberating education. It recognizes teaching and learning opportunities inherent in the flow of energy released by the seemingly chaotic elements comprising a classroom with open boundaries. It seeks a classroom community of inquiry based on a dialogical structure that allows individuals and groups to express different perspectives and interests but also encourages them to participate in a dialogue across difference aimed at formulating a democratic educational climate. The paper describes how education must be full of meaning in order to be meaningful, explaining how this can occur in democratic classrooms. It presents five theoretical positions about learning in democratic classrooms. It concludes that to search out and define the foundational principles upon which a personal teaching methodology rests is a continuing process that involves reflection on possibilities. (Contains 47 references.) (SM)
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