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Alternative Learning Contexts and the Goals of Democracy in Education


by Deirdre M. Kelly — 2014

This chapter delineates three models of democracy, noting the role that alternative education plays within each model. Then, from the perspective of the participatory democracy model, I examine various initiatives to foster democracy in alternative learning contexts, drawing relevant examples from the literature to highlight critical issues, tensions, and dilemmas, and lessons learned.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 113. No. 2.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 116 Number 14, 2014, p. 383-410
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18298, Date Accessed: 3/24/2017 12:00:58 PM

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  • Deirdre Kelly
    University of British Columbia
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    DEIRDRE M. KELLY is Professor in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia. She has written, co-authored, and co-edited seven books, the most recent of which is “Girl Power”: Girls Reinventing Girlhood (with Dawn Currie & Shauna Pomerantz, 2009). Her research interests include teaching for social justice and democracy, gender and youth studies, critical policy studies, and critical media education using popular culture. Kelly’s most recent work has been published in journals such as Equity and Excellence in Education and Studies in Philosophy and Education.
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