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Democratic Dialogue in Education: Troubling Speech, Disturbing Silence


reviewed by ZoŽ Burkholder - 2006

coverTitle: Democratic Dialogue in Education: Troubling Speech, Disturbing Silence
Author(s): Megan Boler (Editor)
Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing, New York
ISBN: 0820463191, Pages: 157, Year: 2004
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Democratic Dialogue in Education: Troubling Speech, Disturbing Silence edited by Megan Boler is a philosophical inquiry into the merits of fostering democratic dialogue in the college classroom through the selective silencing and voicing of student participants.  The contributors offer creative and sometimes conflicting perspectives on the use of dialogue in the classroom, however, all are critical theorists committed to empowering minority students and challenging discrimination.  Drawing from well-known scholars ranging from Paulo Freire to Michel de Certeau to Judith Butler, the authors make complex claims that challenge academics to critically reconsider the ways classroom practices can either passively advocate or actively dismantle dominant ideologies of racism, sexism, and homophobia. The excellent essays in Democratic Dialogue in Education respond to Boler’s initial proposal for “affirmative action pedagogy” that intentionally silences dominant voices in order to foreground the experiences of marginalized groups.  Boler’s goal is to cultivate democratic dialogue in college classrooms, which... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 5, 2006, p. 831-834
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12161, Date Accessed: 8/25/2019 8:14:22 AM

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  • ZoŽ Burkholder
    Montclair State University
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    ZOň BURKHOLDER is Associate Professor of Educational Foundations and Director of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Project at Montclair State University. She is the author of Color in the Classroom: How American Schools Teach Race, 1900-1954 (Oxford University Press, 2011) and working on a new book, An African American Dilemma: The Problem of School Integration and Civil Rights in the North.
 
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