Elementary Schooling for Critical Democracy

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SUNY Press, Feb 6, 1992 - Education - 211 pages
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This book examines the way in which elementary schooling can be used as a means to encourage critical democracy in the United States. It focuses primarily on the dialectical tensions and issues that emerge from the conflicting values of individuality and community through a portrayal of an independent elementary school committed to democratic education.
 

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Contents

Elementary Education and Democracy
1
CRITICAL DEMOCRACY
2
INDIVIDUALITY AND COMMUNITY
9
THE RISE OF INDIVIDUALISM IN THE UNITED STATES
11
INDIVIDUALISM AND ELEMENTARY SCHOOLING
21
CRITICAL DEMOCRACY AND RADICAL EDUCATIONAL REFORM
25
LEARNING FROM EXPERIENCE
29
Learning from Reality Harmony School
31
TEACHER AUTHORITY
102
POWER SHARING
106
DISCIPLINE
110
TOWARDS CONNECTIONIST POWER DYNAMICS IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
117
Curriculum and Instruction
123
BUILDING A CONNECTIONIST RATIONALE
125
TEACHERCENTERED CURRICULUM
127
COLLABORATIVE LEARNING
133

DECODING SOCIAL REALITY
43
HARMONYS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
48
SPENDING A YEAR AT HARMONY
59
Power and Participation Teachers and Administrators
63
DISTRIBUTION AND MANIFESTATION OF AUTHORITY
65
WRITTEN POLICY
73
SOCIAL CONTROL
77
SOCIAL COSTS
82
TEACHER EMPOWERMENT
86
Power and Participation Adults and Children
93
SOCIAL BONDING
94
EXPANSIVE KNOWLEDGE BASE
141
SOCIAL VALUES
147
SOCIAL ACTION AND COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS
151
VOICE
154
CRITICAL THINKING FEMINIST PEDAGOGY AND DEMOCRACY
158
Creating an Elementary Pedagogy for Critical Democracy Conclusions and Suggestions
163
TOWARDS AN EDUCATIONAL LANGUAGE OF DEMOCRATIC IMAGERY
164
STRATEGIES FOR PROMOTING CRITICAL DEMOCRACY THROUGH ELEMENTARY EDUCATION
176
NOTES
183
REFERENCES
185
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Jesse Goodman is Associate Professor of Education at Indiana University. Since 1986, his research of teacher socialization has received four national awards for distinguished scholarship.

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