Education and Democratic Theory

Education and Democratic Theory

by A. Belden Fields, Walter Feinberg, Walter Feinberg
     
 

Much has been made of the gap between public schools and the communities that they serve. This book shows how a group of teachers, parents, and community people in “Ed City” formed an educational reform group—the Project for Educational Democracy—to increase access to decision making in their school system, especially for members of the… See more details below

Overview

Much has been made of the gap between public schools and the communities that they serve. This book shows how a group of teachers, parents, and community people in “Ed City” formed an educational reform group—the Project for Educational Democracy—to increase access to decision making in their school system, especially for members of the community who had previously been excluded. A combination of ethnographic research and theoretical reflection, this book addresses concepts of community, authority, representation, participation, and democracy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791450000
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
04/28/2001
Series:
SUNY Series in Political Theory
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
158
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

A. Belden Fields is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana. He is the author of Trotskyism and Maoism: Theory and Practice in France and the United States and Student Politics in France: A Study of the Union Nationale des Étudiants de France.

Walter Feinberg is Professor of the Philosophy of Education at the University of Illinois, Champaign. He is the author of Common Schools/Uncommon Identities: National Unity and Cultural Difference and On Higher Ground: Education and the Case for Affirmative Action.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Chapter One. Democracy in Small Places

Chapter Two. A Failed Attempt

Chapter Three. Engaging in Democratic Discourse Democratically (with Norman Denzin)

Chapter Four. Race and School in Ed City (with Norman Denzin)

Chapter Five. The PED’s Challenge to Traditional Authority: The School Board

Chapter Six. The Meeting of Bureaucratic and Dialogical Authority: The District Committee

Chapter Seven. Cooperation and Co-optation

Chapter Eight. Conclusion: Competing Conceptions of Democratic Education and Theory

References

Index

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