ERIC Number: EJ826554
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
Reconstructing/Reimagining Democratic Education: From Context to Theory to Practice
Helfenbein, Robert J.; Shudak, Nicholas J.
Educational Studies: Journal of the American Educational Studies Association, v45 n1 p5-23 Jan 2009
Many have suggested that issues of democracy are fundamentally related to school curricula and contexts (Conant, 1948; Dewey, 1944; Dimitriadis and Carlson, 2003; West, 2004). Current social theorists have suggested that a globalized social, economic, and cultural structure has necessitated a rethinking of the relationships between individuals, communities, and institutions. It follows, then, that the premise that democracy must be reinvented (Dewey  1964; Foucault 2003; Hardt and Negri, 2000) necessarily leads to new notions of curriculum, schools, and education itself. This article argues that thinking through these notions as ways in which to engage the social studies may prove fruitful for those working within critical approaches to education. This cultural studies approach holds as fundamental to our argument that the shifting nature of the political, as part of a greater social structure, simultaneously affects and requires a reimagining of the pedagogical.
Descriptors: Democracy, Theory Practice Relationship, Educational Principles, Educational Philosophy, Educational Theories, Politics of Education, Critical Theory, Educational Environment, Educational Change, Social Studies, Democratic Values, Cultural Context, Teacher Education Programs, Methods Courses, Role of Education
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