Capstone/Dissertation Title

A study of the integration of democratic education: a field guide to student learning and citizenship

Term

2009

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Abstract

This study was designed to answer the following question: How does the integration of democratic principles affect student learning and citizenship? The purpose of the study was to establish a curriculum to enable teachers and students to understand and participate in a democratic education. The curriculum is organized in a unit-lesson model and consists of four units and 10 lessons that equip students with the knowledge and understanding of civic responsibility. The methods used in the study are a variety of instructional methods that are believed to aid students in a democratic environment. The instructional methods include case studies, cooperative learning, debates, simulations, performance packages and service-learning activities to help bridge academic learning with real-world democratic experiences. The results indicate that students equipped with a democratic education are more likely to engage themselves responsibly in the global arena. From these results suggestions for improving democracy for education were formulated.

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