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ERIC Number: EJ880485
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-1570-0763
Character Development and Critical Democratic Education in Ontario, Canada
Winton, Sue
Leadership and Policy in Schools, v9 n2 p220-237 2010
Ontario, Canada's new character education policy is analyzed to determine how it supports and undermines critical democratic commitments to diversity, dialogue, equity, critical mindedness, and social justice. While policies are always open to interpretation, recent reform policies requiring evidence of continual improvement in students' academic performance and standardized curricula have made it more difficult for educators to pursue critical democratic goals and practices. This study's findings show that while the assumptions and favored approach of Ontario's Character Development Initiative contradict principles of critical democratic education, the policy enables the pursuit of critical democratic goals within its framework.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada