What Kind of Citizen? The Politics of Educating for Democracy

@article{Westheimer2004WhatKO,
  title={What Kind of Citizen? The Politics of Educating for Democracy},
  author={Joel Westheimer and Joseph Kahne},
  journal={American Educational Research Journal},
  year={2004},
  volume={41},
  pages={237 - 269}
}
Educators and policymakers increasingly pursue programs that aim to strengthen democracy through civic education, service learning, and other pedagogies. Their underlying beliefs, however, differ. This article calls attention to the spectrum of ideas about what good citizenship is and what good citizens do that are embodied in democratic education programs. It offers analyses of a 2-year study of educational programs in the United States that aimed to promote democracy. Drawing on democratic… Expand
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