ERIC Number: EJ794729
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 48
Social Foundations of Education and Democracy: Teacher Education for the Development of Democratically Oriented Teachers
O'Brien, Leigh M.
Educational Foundations, v20 n3-4 p3-14 Sum-Fall 2006
Throughout the history of public schooling in the United States, maintaining democracy has been cited as one of the fundamental justifications for public support for schools. The pioneers of public education--among them Thomas Jefferson, Horace Mann, and John Dewey--argued that schools were, in fact, essential to the health and well-being of the republic. This is because relevant, problem-posing, multi-faceted education--democratic education--is central to democratic life; it is necessary for enfranchised citizenship, and for teaching students how to play an active role in the economic, cultural, and political life of the nation. A democratic state requires the education of critical, thoughtful citizens who can define their own purposes and are able and willing to act upon their ideas. In this article, the author discusses what Social Foundations teacher educators can do to support the development of teachers attuned to and grounded in an education for democracy. She also discusses how they can make their "own" (teacher education) classrooms more democratic.
Descriptors: Citizenship, Democracy, Foundations of Education, Citizenship Education, Public Support, Teacher Educators, Public Education, Educational History, Teacher Education, Classroom Environment, Teaching Methods
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