Teaching Democracy by Being Democratic

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The best way to teach democracy has been the subject of an ongoing debate for 2,500 years. Unlike most books about teaching democracy, this one spends more time on how to teach democracy than the what and why of teaching democracy. It punctures the irony of teaching democracy by lectures and superior teachers. In its place, this book provides a variety of illustrations for the teaching of democracy in an experiential and egalitarian fashion.
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Meet the Author

THEODORE L. BECKER is Professor of Political Science at Auburn University.

RICHARD A. COUTO is Professor of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Pt. I The Democratic Classroom 25
1 Students in Charge 27
2 Personal Empowerment 53
Pt. II Beyond Classrooms and Internships 75
3 Service Learning: Integrating Community Issues and the Curriculum 79
4 Applying Democratic Theory in Community Organizations 105
Pt. III Innovative Democratic Institutions within the University 121
5 The Community Mediation Service: A Model for Teaching Democracy and Conflict Resolution 123
6 Televote: Interactive, Participatory Polling 145
Afterword 163
Bibliography 171
Index 177
About the Editors and Contributors 183
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