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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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Frenkiewich, Jeffrey; Onosko, Joseph J. – Democracy & Education, 2020
Throughout the 20th century, community-owned and operated public schooling was viewed in the United States as an essential mechanism for advancing the country's democratic ideals, institutions, and economic interests. But the first decades of the 21st century have witnessed a historic shift away from this commitment to public schools, as federal…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Educational History, News Media, News Reporting
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Marsh, Monica Miller; Kenyon, Elizabeth A.; Cardy, Terri; West, Erin M. – Democracy & Education, 2020
This paper shares a participatory action research study conducted by a team of researchers at a university laboratory school in collaboration with three classroom teachers and 60 preschoolers. The team engaged in this research in order to examine the ways in which school personnel could generate more authentic community service experiences with,…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Preschool Teachers, Preschool Children, Service Learning
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Payne, Katherina A. – Democracy & Education, 2020
The article adds to a growing conversation that recognizes and supports young children's civic capabilities, positioning them as citizens-now and not simply citizens in the future. They detail how three different classrooms sought to work with children to engage in social action on behalf of their broader community. This response wonders alongside…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Young Children, Democratic Values, Citizenship Responsibility
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Epstein, Shira Eve – Democracy & Education, 2020
This paper discusses the role of scaffolded reading instruction in democratic education. Focusing on a case study of a high school civic unit on the Syrian civil war and refugee crisis, it argues the importance of such reading instruction. Students noted the challenges they experienced when reading complex texts on the topic. Yet, scaffolded…
Descriptors: Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Reading Instruction, Civics, Democracy
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Segall, Avner – Democracy & Education, 2020
In "Beyond the Invisible Barriers of the Classroom: iEngage and Civic Praxis," the authors reported on the experiences teachers encountered during a weeklong Youth Engage Civic Institute Camp and the degree to which what teachers learned in the camp was able to move their thinking and practice toward a more critical, justice-oriented…
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Civics, Youth Programs, Summer Programs
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Tilhou, Rebecca C. – Democracy & Education, 2020
There is a faltering sense of democracy in America's current political climate due to polarized opinions about leadership's decisions and antagonistic political parties. John Dewey (1916) proposed that education is the place to foster democracy, as schools can provide a platform to actively engage students in authentic democratic experiences that…
Descriptors: Public Education, Democracy, Citizen Participation, Political Attitudes
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Camicia, Steven P. – Democracy & Education, 2020
Teachers are often apprehensive about facilitating deliberation in classrooms because conflicts can develop when deliberations surround issues of authentic concern to students. However, conflict is central to deliberation, and the identities and experiences of participants must be reflected in deliberation. These differences challenge the…
Descriptors: Conflict, Democracy, Teacher Education Programs, Inclusion
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