ERIC Number: EJ773755
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 25
Creating a Democratic Classroom: Three Themes for "Citizen Teacher" Reflection
Pryor, Caroline R.
Kappa Delta Pi Record, v40 n2 p78-82 Win 2004
Organizing a classroom around principles of democracy is not new to American education. The principles that provide a background for this type of organization are found in classical Greek thought and more recently in the American colonial period (Smith 1984). This article discusses three principles of democracy: (1) liberty and freedom; (2) justice and fairness; and (3) equality and equal opportunity. Their use as a basis for instructional decisions constitutes democratic classroom practice. This article also presents questions for teacher reflection on the three principles of democracy when developing a democratic classroom, and provides classroom activities and sample teacher suggestions on how to implement these activities.
Descriptors: Learning Activities, Class Activities, Democracy, Classroom Environment, Democratic Values, Academic Freedom, Justice, Equal Education, Educational Opportunities, Teaching Methods, Classroom Techniques, Student Evaluation, Grading, Parent Participation
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