Education for Public Democracy

Education for Public Democracy

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by David T. Sehr
     
 

Examines the kinds of school structures and educational practices that nurture the development of young people as public, democratic citizens.

Education for Public Democracy identifies two competing traditions of American democracy and citizenship: a dominant, privately-oriented citizenship tradition and an alternative tradition of public democratic

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Examines the kinds of school structures and educational practices that nurture the development of young people as public, democratic citizens.

Education for Public Democracy identifies two competing traditions of American democracy and citizenship: a dominant, privately-oriented citizenship tradition and an alternative tradition of public democratic citizenship. Based on the second tradition, public democracy, the author outlines a set of qualities an effective democratic citizen must possess, as well as a number of ideal school practices that promote these qualities in young people. This discussion provides a framework for analyzing two democratic urban alternative high schools.

The book provides an essential bridge between democratic theory and promising school practices that promote public democratic citizenship. Its insights will be indispensable to teachers, school administrators, teacher educators, and theorists who seek to recreate American education in the service of a revitalized democracy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791431689
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
10/28/1997
Series:
Suny Series in Teacher Empowerment and Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part I. American Democracy: Privatized or Public?

1. Democratic Ideology, Hegemony and Education

2. Ideological Roots of Privatized and Public Democracy: Contrasting Locke and the Federalists with Rousseau and Jefferson

3. Privatized Democracy: Nineteeth- and Twentieth-Century Ideology and Practice

4. Public Democracy

5. Education for Public Democratic Citizenship

Part II. Democratic Education? Tales from Two Schools

6. Structure and Organization of Two Democratic High Schools

7. Curriculum and Pedagogy in Two Democratic High Schools

8. Promoting Public Democractic Citizenship: Students Responses to School Programs

9. In Search of Public Democratic Education

Bibliography

Index

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