Educating the Democratic Mind

Edited by Walter C. Parker

Subjects: Social Studies Education
Series: SUNY series, Democracy and Education
Paperback : 9780791427088, 400 pages, November 1995
Hardcover : 9780791427071, 400 pages, November 1995

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Table of contents

James A Banks

Introduction: Schools as Laboratories of Democracy
Walter C. Parker


1. The Democratic Conception in Education
John Dewey - 1916

2. Reconstructing the Curriculum
Harold O. Rugg - 1921

3. An Experiment in Teaching Resistance to Propaganda
Wayland W. Osborn - 1939

4. Teaching in Democratic and Authoritarian States
Alan F. Griffin - 1942


5. Rational Inquiry on Society's Closed Areas
Maurice P. Hunt and Lawrence E. Metcalf - 1955

6. Decision Making
Shirley H. Engle - 1960

7. Teaching Strategies and Thought Processes
Hilda Taba and Freeman F. Elzey - 1964

8. Using a Jurisprudential Framework in the Teaching of Public Issues
Donald W. Oliver and James P. Shaver - 1966


9. The Hidden Curriculum and the Nature of Conflict
Michael W. Apple - 1975

10. Moral Reasoning
Lawrence Kohlberg - 1976

11. Skills in Citizen Action
Fred M. Newmann, Thomas A. Bertocci, and Ruthanne M. Landsness - 1977

12. History's Role in Civic Education: The Precondition for Political Intelligence
Paul Gagnon - 1989


13. Reviewing and Previewing Civics
David Mathews

14. The "Woman Question" in Citizenship Education
Jane Bernard-Powers

15. "Re-Minding" Education for Democracy
James Anthony Whitson and William B. Stanley

16. Global Perspectives
Ann V. Angell and Carole L. Hahn

Contributors of New Works


Addresses the question: How can schools help shape young minds to address the challenges of a democratic society?


There can be no democracy without democrats, and democrats are made, not born. This volume features sixteen provocative essays, old and new, on the concern to educate young people for that loosely-defined genre of political and social life called democracy. It is an historical collection on the central question of our era: How and what might children be taught so that they respond well and creatively to the demands of an increasingly diverse society that is organized under and struggling, on and off, to realize the democratic ideal? How are we to educate children to embrace difference and maintain a common life? Contributors include Walter C. Parker, Ann V. Angell, James A. Banks, Jane Bernard-Powers, Carole L. Hahn, David Mathews, William B. Stanley, and James Anthony Whitson.

Walter C. Parker is Associate Professor of Education at the University of Washington.


"This thoughtful and creative collection of articles will enable its readers to ponder seriously the democratic work that schools need to undertake, the reasons why such work is essential for the survival of our nation, and to become acquainted with creative ways to make our schools democratic, just and moral communities. I hope readers will join me in applauding Walter Parker for this important and welcome project. " — from the Foreword by James A. Banks