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ERIC Number: EJ720577
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0889-0293
Two Democratic Traditions and Civic Education in Latin America
Gutierrez, Robert
International Journal of Social Education, v20 n2 p132-140 Fall-Win 2005-2006
In trying to engage in comparative study or transnational discourse in civic education that promotes democratic ideals and principles, certain realities about democracy should be kept in mind. One such reality is to acknowledge and account for the fact that not everyone views democracy through the same theoretical lenses. The comments expressed by the author of this article are general in nature and address the challenge that varying views of democracy have on efforts in civic education. The article focuses on the distinctions between how most citizens of the United States view democratic institutions as opposed to how others outside of the U.S. (i.e., Latin America) may view them. The author reviews the two predominant traditions pertaining to democracy--Jacobism and federalism--and explains how the fundamental distinctions between the two have the potential to lead to grave misunderstandings in deliberating over curricular matters in civic education. (Contains 19 endnotes.)
International Journal of Social Education, Department of History-BB209, Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47306. Tel: 765-285-8621; Fax: 765-285-5612.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States