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ERIC Number: EJ724892
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 5
Teachers as Advisors: Fostering Active Citizens in Schools
Barker, Heidi Buhlman; Basile, Carole G.; Olson, Florence J.
Kappa Delta Pi Record, v41 n4 p167-171 Sum 2005
When considering democratic education, educators talk about teaching the "whole child," creating caring classrooms, building communities of learning where every student has access to knowledge, and teaching students how to be active citizens (Goodlad and Keating 1994; Noddings 2002; Apple 1993). These are not practices that are done "to" students but "with" students in ways that promote understanding different points of view and problem solving, resulting in action that is equitable and forward looking. With the pressures to close the achievement gap and improve school performance, how do teachers find time to embed these practices in the daily activities of the school community? More importantly, how can they afford not to include students' voices in constructive ways? This article describes how this is accomplished at the Jefferson County Open School, a public alternative school near Denver, Colorado, where teachers work to reach and build relationships with students to establish resiliency, connectedness, and democratic practices.
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Teacher Student Relationship, Public Schools, Nontraditional Education, Democratic Values, Personality Traits, Student Participation, Holistic Approach, Mentors, Teacher Role, Elementary Secondary Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Colorado