ERIC Number: EJ1140109
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Researching Holistic Democracy in Schools. A Response to "Examination of the New Tech Model as a holistic Democracy"
Woods, Philip A.
Democracy & Education, v25 n1 Article 7 2017
Bradley-Levine reported in her article how she created an opportunity to explore research data with the aim of examining the degree to which New Tech schools were democratic in the sense conceptualized by the notion of holistic democracy. My response is in three parts. The first sets out my understanding of the significance of the model of holistic democracy and the purpose of the framework. The second is a review of Bradley-Levine's findings, with reflections that occurred to me as I worked through these. The third comprises my conclusions. The framework has been applied, in my judgement, in a diligent and systematic way, enabling the creation of a profile of schools showing where indicators of holistic democracy are present and where critical inquiry and further research and reflective dialogue would be worthwhile. My review of Bradley-Levine's account and analysis also suggests that further work on the conceptual clarity of the framework would be helpful in improving its usefulness. [For "Examination of the New Tech Model as a holistic Democracy," see EJ1140074.]
Descriptors: Democratic Values, Democracy, Holistic Approach, Power Structure, Participative Decision Making, Cooperation, Leadership Styles, Technology Uses in Education, Technology Integration, High Schools
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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