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"Advanced" Ideas about Democracy: Toward a Pluralist Conception of Citizenship Education


by Walter C. Parker — 1996

Citizenship education is probably the most popular stated mission for public schooling in the United States, but it rests on a feeble conception of democratic citizenship that skirts social and cultural diversity. The effect, oddly enough, is a citizenship education that is unclear about its relationship with multicultural education, and sometimes positioned defensively toward it. Here I outline a conception of democratic citizenship that is appropriate to pluralist societies--a conception on which a renewed, deepened citizenship education might proceed.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 98 Number 1, 1996, p. 104-125
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 9597, Date Accessed: 11/24/2017 10:56:15 PM

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  • Walter Parker
    University of Washington, Seattle
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    Walter C. Parker is professor of education, University of Washington. He is editor of Educating the Democratic Mind (State University of New York Press, 1996) and the author of "Curriculum for Democracy" in Democracy, Education, and Schooling, edited by Roger Soder (Jossey-Bass, 1996).
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