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Ford, Brian – Democracy & Education, 2020
The task of creating a public will is daunting in any political system, but a democracy dedicated to the principles of participation and public deliberation faces specific challenges, including overcoming organized opposition that may not accept democratic tenets. In the sphere of education (and social reproduction more generally),…
Descriptors: Heuristics, Democracy, Educational Change, Public Education
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Harell, Kiel F. – Democracy & Education, 2020
Deliberative democracy surfaces disagreements so that people holding conflicting stances understand each other's reasons for the purpose of decision-making. Democratic education approaches should provide students with the opportunity to learn and practice how to address conflict in the collective decision-making process. In this paper, I examine…
Descriptors: Democratic Values, Democracy, Faculty Development, Experiential Learning
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Ayers, Rick – Democracy & Education, 2020
The article by Collins, Hess, and Lowery (2019) explores struggles teachers faced in order to pursue Deweyan educational practices. This response proposes that even more is needed for a critical educational practice, called "strong democracy." Such an approach requires addressing and countering the White supremacist legacy of U.S.…
Descriptors: Democratic Values, Progressive Education, Educational Practices, Critical Theory
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Gibbs, Brian – Democracy & Education, 2020
This manuscript describes the patriotism taught and not taught by nine teachers to the children of soldiers near a military base in the American South. The nine teachers, all participants in a qualitative study, detail the pressures endured and the pedagogical and curricular decisions made as result. The teachers experienced social and political…
Descriptors: Patriotism, Place Based Education, Community Influence, Controversial Issues (Course Content)
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Magill, Kevin Russel; Smith, Victoria Davis; Blevins, Brooke; LeCompte, Karon N. – Democracy & Education, 2020
Research literature suggests students need to engage in "actual" civic experiences; however, in most cases, teachers feel unwilling or unable to facilitate experiences beyond the formal classroom setting. In this project, we sought to understand the relationship between social studies teachers' civic ideology, pedagogical approaches, and…
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Student Participation, Teaching Methods, Decision Making
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Pechtelidis, Yannis; Kioupkiolis, Alexandros – Democracy & Education, 2020
This paper presents the emergent paradigm of the "commons" as an alternative value and action system in the field of education, and it critically draws out the implications of the commons for refiguring education and its potential contribution to democratic transformation. The paper delves into an independent pedagogical community,…
Descriptors: Democratic Values, Early Childhood Education, Citizenship Education, Interpersonal Relationship
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Matthews, Jolie C. – Democracy & Education, 2020
Curry and Cherner's article, "Red States, Blue States, and Media Literacy: Political Context and Media Literacy," discusses preservice teachers' perspectives of teaching media literacy skills in politically opposite "Red" and "Blue" States. In this response, I argue the inclusion of additional demographic information…
Descriptors: Media Literacy, Preservice Teachers, Teaching Methods, Political Attitudes
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Darwich, Lina – Democracy & Education, 2020
McGuire, Stevahn, and Bronsther (2019) focused on civic education in elementary grades, an important but sorely missing topic in schools. Using Storypath, a simulation-like approach to address the housing affordability in Seattle, the authors showed how motivated and engaged students were with the topic. A major strength of the study is the…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Civics, Teaching Methods, Simulated Environment
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Dion, Sheri; Desrosiers, Denise – Democracy & Education, 2019
Against the backdrop of increasing political polarization and growing contention over ideological differences, U.S. colleges and universities are facing the daunting challenges of trying to prepare students for economic and personal engagement with a globalized world. Although many institutions admit students from other countries, they often…
Descriptors: Foreign Students, Global Approach, Student Role, Curriculum Development
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Tryggvason, Ásgeir – Democracy & Education, 2019
By taking the vantage point of agonistic pluralism, the aim is to enter into dialogue with Samuelsson's theoretical development of consensus as an educational aim for classroom discussions. The response highlights three points of interest in the deliberative conception of consensus. The first point relates to the problem of exclusion, which…
Descriptors: Democracy, Group Unity, Classroom Communication, Conflict
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Curry, Kristal; Cherner, Todd S. – Democracy & Education, 2019
This paper examines the ways that political contexts affect the perceptions and practices of social studies preservice teachers (SSPSTs) being prepared in a conservative "Red State" compared to those being prepared in a liberal "Blue State." The researchers analyzed how controversial the SSPSTs in each context considered the…
Descriptors: Media Literacy, Political Attitudes, Lesson Plans, Social Studies
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Peterson, Barbara A. – Democracy & Education, 2019
Heggert and Flowers (2019) offer important insights into how social media provides students with important opportunities to engage in meaningful civic engagement and political activism. They argue that students are more politically active than some recent studies would have us believe because they are utilizing social media platforms, methods not…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Civil Disobedience, Activism, Citizen Participation
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Weasel, Lisa – Democracy & Education, 2019
In "Deliberating Public Policy Issues with Adolescents," the authors described what they determine to be an unsuccessful attempt at deliberative pedagogy on the topic of immigration in three high school classrooms that differed demographically. Specifically, the authors observed that students failed to engage with evidence, stuck with…
Descriptors: Moral Values, Public Policy, Immigration, High School Students
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Kearl, Benjamin – Democracy & Education, 2019
This article undertakes a comparative analysis of special education policy through the juxtaposition of two recent Supreme Court actions: "Allston v. Lower Merion School District" (2015) and "Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District" (2017). This comparison reveals an ordering of special education policy around questions of…
Descriptors: Race, Special Education, Educational Policy, Disabilities
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McGuire, Margit E.; Stevahn, Laurie; Bronsther, Shari Wennik – Democracy & Education, 2019
This article explains why elementary school children need civic education, identifies common obstacles that frustrate efforts, then describes how the Storypath approach can provide all students with opportunities for powerful civic learning. An actual application in a culturally diverse fourth-grade classroom illustrates how children grappled with…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Elementary School Students, Civics, Citizenship Education
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