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Nishiyama, Kei; Russell, A. Wendy; Chalaye, Pierrick; Greenwell, Tom – Democracy & Education, 2023
Widespread global interest and adoption of deliberative democracy approaches to reinvigorate citizenship and policymaking in an era of democratic crisis/decline has been mirrored by increasing interest in deliberation in schools, both as an approach to pedagogy and student empowerment and as a training ground for deliberative citizenship. In…
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Debate, Democracy, Communication Skills
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Miller, Cody – Democracy & Education, 2023
In this article, I detail how I revised a social foundations of education course to center major Supreme Court cases relating to K-12 public schools. Scholars in social foundations of education have articulated a vision for the field that fosters and promotes democracy and democratic dispositions. Focusing on the Supreme Court in a social…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Public Schools, Federal Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education
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Knight-Abowitz, Kathleen; Sellers, Kathleen M. – Democracy & Education, 2023
We examine school governance in populist era, using contemporary readings of pragmatist philosophy. We are in a "populist moment," a time of uprisings and movements of the "demos" making political claims (Mouffe, 2018). School officials in the U.S. are subject to an array of political demands in the form of protests and…
Descriptors: Governance, Educational Philosophy, Political Influences, Critical Race Theory
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Keegan, Patrick; Vaughan, Kelly P. – Democracy & Education, 2023
This instrumental case study of Generation Z preservice teachers enrolled in elementary teaching methods courses in social studies and literacy explores the impact of polarization on their political engagement and teaching. Using the 2020 presidential election as a teachable moment, participants developed and taught literacy-infused civics units…
Descriptors: Age Groups, Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Methods Courses
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Rachael Arens; Ricardo Martinez – Democracy & Education, 2023
Our planet is facing many environmental challenges, including climate change, loss of biodiversity and habitat, and pollution, while many of our populations are also experiencing marginalization due to poverty, race, gender, language, ability, and environmental injustices. Environmental hazards and policies often impact those in society who are…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Climate, Conservation (Environment), Science and Society
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Anna Suorsa – Democracy & Education, 2023
This study examines young people's (ages 13-18) perceptions of their own opportunities to influence the development of their own environment through an experiment aimed at developing civic democracy in Finland in 2020-2021. The purpose of the experiment was to try out new ways of participating and influencing meaningfully for young people at…
Descriptors: Democracy, Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes
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Alexander, Jeremy – Democracy & Education, 2022
This essay examines conservative Christian schools through the lens of democratic education theory in order to understand how these educational institutions might or might not be consistent with the principles of a liberal democracy. I identify four key characteristics of conservative Christian schools, including the way they attempt to withdraw…
Descriptors: Christianity, Religious Schools, Democratic Values, Political Influences
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Dahl, Kjersti E. – Democracy & Education, 2022
Discussion about political and social issues in school matter for a wide array of democratic skills and competences such as political engagement, participation, and knowledge. However, little research has been done on what impact characteristics of the discussion climate in classrooms can have on young people's engagement with political…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Middle School Students, Grade 9, Self Efficacy
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Muetterties, Carly C.; DiGiacomo, Daniela; New, Ryan – Democracy & Education, 2022
Many civic education initiatives have developed across the United States in order to help prepare students for civic engagement in school-based settings. At the same time, research shows that quality of school-based civic learning opportunities remains insufficient, inconsistent, and inequitable. In this article, we propose a framework of civic…
Descriptors: Civics, Citizenship Education, Democracy, Social Studies
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DiGiacomo, Daniela K.; Han, Jaeyun; Trapp, Sara; Kahloon, Sanaa – Democracy & Education, 2022
High-quality civic learning opportunities remain the exception, rather than the norm, in public schools across the country. The health and future of the American democracy is dependent on all its public schools to foster democratic classrooms and prepare informed citizens--a reality far from realized in this third decade of the 21st century.…
Descriptors: Civics, Citizenship Education, Teacher Attitudes, Public School Teachers
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Pace, Judith L. – Democracy & Education, 2022
Worldwide crises, including a global pandemic, have exposed deep divisions, democracy's fragility, and humanity's vulnerability. Educators are called upon to help students grapple with these crises and strengthen democracy through teaching controversial issues. How can teachers be prepared for this highly demanding, often avoided set of practices,…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Preservice Teachers, Case Studies
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Scott, David; Tupper, Jennifer; Gobran, Jessica – Democracy & Education, 2022
Funded by Thinking Historically for Canada's Future, a research partnership supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, this article considers how, and the extent to which, contemporary research within the area of citizenship education for preservice teachers advances the creation of more genuinely democratic and…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Teacher Education Programs, Citizenship Education, Social Justice
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Lo, Jane C.; Hodgin, Erica R.; Garcia, Antero – Democracy & Education, 2022
While traditional civic education in the United States is inextricably linked to notions of a public sphere, this paper argues that the digital era requires a reimagining of this premise. The opaque nature of digital spaces makes it difficult for young people to understand how large of an audience they are interacting with and to what extent a…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Teaching Methods, Semiotics, Privacy
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Masterson, Jessica E.; Gatti, Lauren – Democracy & Education, 2022
Speaking to the political and social upheaval of our present moment, and drawing on discourses of democratic education, we argue that the U.S.'s racial reckoning propelled by recent events constitutes a sort of "founding" for our democracy and that this founding has important implications for reconfiguring citizenship within institutions…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Teacher Education Programs, Political Attitudes, Social Problems
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Bullough, Robert V. – Democracy & Education, 2022
Mission statements and public statements of values are widely recognized as important for educational improvement, even if often ignored. The mission statements and supporting documents of Utah's 41 school districts were analyzed to locate prominent themes and significant omissions. An unexpected and disturbing neglect of democratic citizenship…
Descriptors: Public Education, Position Papers, School Districts, Democracy
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