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Wahl, Rachel – Theory and Research in Education, 2019
How can universities cultivate students' capacity to learn across political divides? While many universities affirm the importance of open exchange between people who hold different views, it is unclear whether, what, and how students learn through such conversations. This article draws on observations of a deliberative dialogue between college…
Descriptors: Political Attitudes, Learning Processes, Universities, Dialogs (Language)
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Sardoc, Mitja – Theory and Research in Education, 2018
In this interview, Dr. Amy Gutmann discusses the legacy of her book "Democratic Education" after 30 years since it was first published. After presenting some of the main ideas from "Democratic Education," Dr. Gutmann emphasises the importance of both democratic education and democratic deliberation as central elements of public…
Descriptors: Democracy, Citizenship Education, Public Education, Cultural Pluralism
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Clayton, Matthew; Stevens, David – Theory and Research in Education, 2018
Some liberal societies continue to require their schools to offer non-directive but, specifically, religious education as part of the curriculum. This article challenges that practice. It does so by articulating and defending the moral requirement that education policy must be regulated by principles that are acceptable to reasonable people.…
Descriptors: Religious Education, Role of Education, Educational Policy, Educational Principles
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Justice, Benjamin – Theory and Research in Education, 2016
Scholars typically frame the subgroup problem in education in terms of protecting religious minorities from majoritarian encroachment. This essay explores a different aspect of the subgroup problem: what happens when an antidemocratic religious minority becomes a local majority responsible for the promotion of the public good? This essay uses the…
Descriptors: School Districts, Public Schools, Jews, Minority Groups
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Burroughs, Nathan A. – Theory and Research in Education, 2016
In this article, I critique the foremost proponents of the adequacy and equity approaches to educational equality. I identify tensions within the adequacy approach related to positionality in education, fostering a democratic elite through higher education, and its defense of private schooling. In contrast, equity theorists are vulnerable to the…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Justice, Educational Theories, Role of Education
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Callan, Eamonn – Theory and Research in Education, 2016
Two appealing principles of educational distribution--equality and sufficiency--are comparatively assessed. The initial point of comparison is the distribution of civic educational goods. One reason to favor equality in educational distribution rather than sufficiency is the elimination of undeserved positional advantage in access to labor…
Descriptors: Democracy, Democratic Values, Citizenship, Civil Rights
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Schrag, Francis – Theory and Research in Education, 2015
The paradigm for formulating educational policy adopted by Bischoff and Shores, which appears to be the prevailing one, appears to offer no role to the citizen, rendering the paradigm suspect. The authors' honest admission of the limitations of social science knowledge undercuts the argument for the usefulness of research in this area.
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Democracy, Democratic Values, Citizen Role
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Allen, Ann; Saultz, Andrew – Theory and Research in Education, 2015
Using theories of representation and democratic education, this article examines the impetus of parent trigger policies in the United States and their potential effects on public good goals for public education. The article also uses theories of representation and responsible democratic governance to assess the parent trigger policies, or what are…
Descriptors: Public Policy, Public Education, Democracy, Democratic Values
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Bindewald, Benjamin J. – Theory and Research in Education, 2015
Released time is an arrangement through which students are excused from public schools during regular hours to participate in devotional lessons. South Carolina has become the center of operations for a movement of evangelical Christians to expand proselytizing released time programs throughout the United States. As a result of the movement's…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Religious Education, State Legislation, Scheduling
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Tamir, Yuli – Theory and Research in Education, 2015
This article argues that in divided societies, civic education fails to fulfill one of its most important social role: creating a more inclusive society that allows a democratic dialogue to flow across different ideological, religious, and cultural communities. This failure is grounded in two main reasons. First, civics teachers are socially and…
Descriptors: Civics, Social Studies, Politics of Education, Social Influences
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White, John – Theory and Research in Education, 2013
In 2009 Harvey Siegel edited "The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Education." This article develops a theme, prompted by reflection on several essays in that volume, about the nature of philosophy of education and its relation to philosophy. Siegel's view that philosophy of education is a "branch" of philosophy is put to…
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Comparative Analysis, Educational Theories, Aesthetics
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Kitcher, Philip – Theory and Research in Education, 2011
Ideally, public knowledge should encapsulate the achievements of millennia of inquiry, making them available to individuals and groups for the promotion of their various ends. I explore the ways in which the actual situation fails to live up to this ideal. Our investigations are not always directed towards the questions of most concern to most…
Descriptors: Role of Education, Knowledge Level, Democracy, Expertise
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Levinson, Meira – Theory and Research in Education, 2011
Educational standards, assessments, and accountability systems are of immense political moment around the world. But there is no developed theory exploring the role that these systems should play within a democratic polity in particular. On the one hand, well-designed standards are public goods, supported by assessment and accountability…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Academic Achievement, Educational Assessment, Accountability
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Stitzlein, Sarah M. – Theory and Research in Education, 2011
One central aspect of a healthy democracy is the practice of democratic dissent. For the first time in many years, dissent is being widely practiced in town hall meetings and on street corners across the United States. Despite this presence, dissent is often suppressed or omitted in the prescribed, tested, hidden, and external curriculum of US…
Descriptors: Democracy, Civics, Dissent, Role
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Mazie, Steven – Theory and Research in Education, 2009
Educational programs for gifted students face both philosophical and practical challenges from egalitarians. Some object that gifted schools inherently undermine a commitment to equality in education, while others observe that schools for talented students cater to privileged youth and effectively discriminate against disadvantaged minorities.…
Descriptors: High Schools, Race, Academically Gifted, Democracy
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