Rethinking the thinking on democracy in education: Do educators make a (democratic) difference?Dr David Zyngier Dr Marcelo Loures dos Dr Marc Pruyn Dr Paul R. CarrEducation Faculty Santos Education Faculty Orilla UniversityMonash University Departamento de Monash University CanadaAustralia Educação Australia Universidade Federal de Viçosa BrasilDr Heidi Biseth Dr Marita Delia Traverso Adriana Murriello Dr Sazali YussofUniversity of Oslo - Facultad Ciencias de la Directora General IAB MalaysiaNorway Educación Universidad Colegio Ward de Morón Argentina Argentina
Panel Outline3:30 - 3:40 Dr David Zyngier Introduction to Research Project & Achievements so far3:45 - 3:55 Dr Paul Carr Teaching for Democracy not just about it!4:00 - 4:10 Dr Heidi Biseth Doing Democracy in Urban Scandinavian Schools4.15 - 4:25 Dr Marcelo Loures, & Dr Marita Delia Traverso Teachers beliefs about democracy: Brazil and Argentina a comparative study4:25 - 4:35 Dr Marcelo Loures, & Dr Adriana Murriello What student teachers think about democracy: Argentina and Brazil a comparative study4.40 - 4:50 Dr Sazali Yussof Principal Teachers beliefs about democracy in MalaysiaDiscussion and Questions with all the panel via skype (audio only) 10minutes (Discussant David Zyngier or Marc Pruyn)
Doing Democracy: Global Doing Democracy Research ProjectA comparative and contrasting study of educationstudents, teachers and their educators in Australia, NorthAmerica, South America, Africa, Asia and EuropeThe research explores three themes: 1. the apparent predisposition among teachers is to understand democracy and politics in a thin way; 2. the potential for teachers to do thick democracy in education; and 3. teachers understanding of the importance of power and difference in relation to democracy. The focus of this research study is how education supports, cultivates and engages in/with democracy.
What do Educators think about Democracy?• Over 2000 respondents• Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Finland, I srael/Palestine, Malaysia, Norway, Peru, South Africa, Turkey, USA ...• Future research results from....• Will you be involved?
Critical Pedagogical Framework– Barber’s Strong Democracy (Barber, 2004),– Westheimer and Kahne (2003) Kinds of Good Citizens - responsible, participatory and justice oriented– Gandin and Apple (2002) Thin & Thick Democracy– Carr (2010) Does your vote count? Critical pedagogy and democracy– Carr, Zyngier & Pruyn Can educators Make a Difference (2012)
thin as opposed to thick democracyConceptualize the visible tension between:• the superficial features often associated with teaching about democracy that focus on civics and citizenship• fundamental scaffolding which, permits people to appropriate the deeper meaning of the term democracy (Gandin & Apple, 2002)• students know that civic engagement is not an individual, private endeavour.
Thin democratic discoursesActivities such as students contributing foodto a food drive or in a more activeparticipatory manner organising a food drivefor the poor.
Thick democracy discoursesExplore why people are hungry and act to make decisions about and solve its root causes
Our (main) Questions• What is a Democratic society?• Is your country a Democratic society? Why? Why not?• Is the USA a Democratic society?• Since the 9/11 is your country a more or less democratic country?• From your perspective, is the education system in which you were educated democratic?• Are elections important to Democracy?• Do you feel that you are actively engaged in democracy?• Should teachers strive to promote a sense of democracy in students?• What are you doing to promote democracy among students?
Dr Heidi Biseth University of Oslo - Norway) "Doing Democracy in Urban Scandinavian Schools"
Dr Marcelo Loures, & Dr Marita Delia Traverso Teachers beliefsabout democracy: Brazil and Argentina a comparative study
Dr Marcelo Loures, & Dr Adriana Murriello What studentteachers think about democracy: Argentina and Brazil a comparative study
Dr Sazali Yussof Head Teachers beliefs about democracy in Malaysia
Discussion: Analysis of perceptions, experiences andperspectives of democracy and education in Australia, Malaysia, Canada, USA, Norway, Argentina & Brazil
What would a thick democracy looklike in school education system for you and your students?Join the project NOWContact us:email@example.com@gmail.com