author={William B. Borgers},
  journal={School Science and Mathematics},
Course Description In this course, we will explore the question of the actual and potential connections between democracy and education. Our focus of attention will be placed on a critical examination of democratic theory and its implications for the civic education roles and contributions of teachers, adult educators, community development practitioners, and community organizers. We will survey and deal critically with a range of competing conceptions of democracy, variously described as… 

Curriculum and International Democracy: A Vital Source of Synergy and Change

International democratic education (IDE) promotes principles of self-determination, a commitment to social justice for all people, and the engagement of cross-border dialogue grounded in local

Engaging in the Struggle of Educating for a Democracy

This article, based on an interpretive study, examines what happens when a team of teaching fellows and their supervisor attempt to address what they have identified as a “pedagogical crisis” in a

Character Education: Implications for Critical Democracy

The character education policy of a school board in Ontario, Canada, is interrogated from a critical democratic perspective.  Character education is the deliberate effort by schools to teach values

The peculiar status of Democracy and Education

The centennial of Democracy and Education invites those who study education and curriculum to reconsider this major work and its place in today’s world. One of the most cited works in educational

Critical Issues: Democracy, Community, Self, Literacy, and the Value of Global Conversation

In this article, we begin by describing how literacy is placed within a social and, consequently, political context and how the present predominant conceptualization of literacy necessarily

Democracy in Education between Reality and Aspirations: Palestine as a Model

The research aims to study “education democracy " in terms of democratic practices in the educational process, developing a spirit of criticism, plurality of opinions, tolerance towards the opinions

Democracy and curriculum—the task still before us

This article explores how John Dewey’s concept of democracy can contribute to our understanding of what is required from education amid growing nationalism and populism, even in what are usually

The Critical Role of Discourse in Education for Democracy.

This paper is concerned with the empirical and theoretical literature that helps me conceptualize educating for democracy as one social practice within social life. While empirical research on

The theoretical and historical case for democratic education in the United States

Working from the position that the fundamental purpose of education should be the preparation of informed, engaged, democratic citizens, we discuss the guiding principles behind democratic education

What Kind of Citizen? The Politics of Educating for Democracy

Educators and policymakers increasingly pursue programs that aim to strengthen democracy through civic education, service learning, and other pedagogies. Their underlying beliefs, however, differ.