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Erickson, Joy D.; Thompson, Winston C. – Democracy & Education, 2019
Traits of reasonableness are necessary characteristics of successfully engaged citizens within pluralistic liberal democratic societies. Given the evident unlikelihood of the spontaneous development of these critical characteristics, pedagogical effort ought to be exerted towards ensuring that this goal is realized. In what follows, we argue that…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Democracy, Early Childhood Education, Moral Values
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Martin, Christopher – Democracy & Education, 2019
Erickson and Thompson articulate and defend reasonableness as an important civic educational aim for early childhood education. In this response, I argue that further clarity regarding the nature and scope of "reasonableness" as an educational concept or idea is needed. Is such a concept fundamentally political, or does it capture a…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Democracy, Early Childhood Education, Moral Values
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Heggart, Keith R.; Flowers, Rick – Democracy & Education, 2019
Recent surveys have indicated a worryingly low level of support for democracy among Australian youth and around the world. For example, in the 2017 Lowy Institute Poll, 36% of Australians indicated that, in some circumstances, a nondemocratic government is preferable. Such concerns, while hardly new, have triggered calls for more civic education…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Citizen Participation, Foreign Countries, Democracy
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Ambrosio, John – Democracy & Education, 2019
This article is a response to a theoretical and philosophical examination of agonistic deliberation in classrooms, which requires accepting the legitimacy of perspectives that are outside of prevailing societal norms and the expression of political emotion. The author argues that students must develop certain dispositions to achieve productive…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Democracy, Conflict, Conflict Resolution
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Samuelsson, Martin; Ness, Ingunn Johanne – Democracy & Education, 2019
In our response to "Deliberating Public Policy Issues with Adolescents," we address the matter that students seem to be reluctant to changing their minds, opinions, and initial positions in classroom deliberations and instead see such deliberations as an opportunity to perform and publicly announce their preexisting views. We argue that…
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Public Policy, Adolescents, Discussion (Teaching Technique)
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Campbell, Kimberly Hill – Democracy & Education, 2019
This article explores why we need to be intentional about the literature we explore in our English language arts classrooms. It explores the question of what literature should be considered and strategies for using democratic practices in support of literature circles. It also reinforces the importance of collaborative practitioner research to…
Descriptors: Empathy, Imagination, Literature, Educational Practices
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Collins, Julia; Hess, Michael E.; Lowery, Charles L. – Democracy & Education, 2019
Democratic education focuses on developing students using democratic principles and processes in the classroom. In this study, we aim to understand how self-identified democratic educators practice democratic education in public-school classrooms. Nine participants, teachers in K12 schools, were interviewed for this qualitative study. In…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Classroom Techniques, Student Empowerment, Public Schools
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Johnston, James Scott – Democracy & Education, 2019
In this response to Martin's "Should Deliberate Democratic Inclusion Extend to Children?" I examine Martin's comments against the "argument from circumspection," which is dubious regarding the claims children make to change democratic policies and procedures. I explain there are good reasons for being circumspect. One of these…
Descriptors: Democracy, Inclusion, Democratic Values, Children
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Dion, Sheri; Desrosiers, Denise – Democracy & Education, 2019
Against the backdrop of increasing political polarization and growing contention over ideological differences, U.S. colleges and universities are facing the daunting challenges of trying to prepare students for economic and personal engagement with a globalized world. Although many institutions admit students from other countries, they often…
Descriptors: Foreign Students, Global Approach, Student Role, Curriculum Development
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Tryggvason, Ásgeir – Democracy & Education, 2019
By taking the vantage point of agonistic pluralism, the aim is to enter into dialogue with Samuelsson's theoretical development of consensus as an educational aim for classroom discussions. The response highlights three points of interest in the deliberative conception of consensus. The first point relates to the problem of exclusion, which…
Descriptors: Democracy, Group Unity, Classroom Communication, Conflict
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Curry, Kristal; Cherner, Todd S. – Democracy & Education, 2019
This paper examines the ways that political contexts affect the perceptions and practices of social studies preservice teachers (SSPSTs) being prepared in a conservative "Red State" compared to those being prepared in a liberal "Blue State." The researchers analyzed how controversial the SSPSTs in each context considered the…
Descriptors: Media Literacy, Political Attitudes, Lesson Plans, Social Studies
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Peterson, Barbara A. – Democracy & Education, 2019
Heggert and Flowers (2019) offer important insights into how social media provides students with important opportunities to engage in meaningful civic engagement and political activism. They argue that students are more politically active than some recent studies would have us believe because they are utilizing social media platforms, methods not…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Civil Disobedience, Activism, Citizen Participation
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Weasel, Lisa – Democracy & Education, 2019
In "Deliberating Public Policy Issues with Adolescents," the authors described what they determine to be an unsuccessful attempt at deliberative pedagogy on the topic of immigration in three high school classrooms that differed demographically. Specifically, the authors observed that students failed to engage with evidence, stuck with…
Descriptors: Moral Values, Public Policy, Immigration, High School Students
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Kearl, Benjamin – Democracy & Education, 2019
This article undertakes a comparative analysis of special education policy through the juxtaposition of two recent Supreme Court actions: "Allston v. Lower Merion School District" (2015) and "Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District" (2017). This comparison reveals an ordering of special education policy around questions of…
Descriptors: Race, Special Education, Educational Policy, Disabilities
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McGuire, Margit E.; Stevahn, Laurie; Bronsther, Shari Wennik – Democracy & Education, 2019
This article explains why elementary school children need civic education, identifies common obstacles that frustrate efforts, then describes how the Storypath approach can provide all students with opportunities for powerful civic learning. An actual application in a culturally diverse fourth-grade classroom illustrates how children grappled with…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Elementary School Students, Civics, Citizenship Education
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