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ERIC Number: EJ917429
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0890-6459
Teacher Education in a Democratic Society
Robertson, Emily
Teacher Education and Practice, v22 n4 p472-474 Fall 2009
Members of a democratic polity should be prepared to participate in the practices of democratic governance if they are fully to enjoy their rights as citizens and discharge their civic responsibilities. This article highlights three fundamental practices of democratic life: (1) the capacity for deliberation with others about matters of public concern; (2) it must be granted that citizens do not always reach agreement, even given the best intentions; and (3) democratic citizens bear a special responsibility for promoting greater social justice. It also discusses the role of schooling in developing democratic practices and how teachers can be prepared to support the development of democratic practices in their classrooms. The author concludes that teachers must be prepared to establish a classroom culture in which students can acquire the knowledge, skills, and virtues required to participate in the practices of democratic life, which means that teachers themselves must acquire the capacities and commitments required for deliberation, negotiation, and social activism. (Contains 1 note.)
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Language: English
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