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Anti-democratic scenarios

Think about the following scenario. A child in your class is from an immigrant family. When requested to read aloud, they struggle with the language. The other pupils start laughing …

The democratic debate

When we think about democracy, we are likely to consider a system of representative government that has periodical and fair elections and where the majority decides. This is, indeed, a …

Meet your educators

Edda Sant Hello! My name is Edda Sant. I am originally from a village in the Spanish/Catalan Pyrenees region. I graduated from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona with a combined …

Welcome to the course

Welcome to the course ‘’Promoting Democracy in the Classroom: A Practical Guide for Teachers’. Our course gives you an opportunity to think about the relationship between democracy and education and …

Democracy in Education

There are numerous people and organisations that, possibly like yourself, are committed to promoting democracy through education. Democracy in Schools   In many schools, specialist teachers are often in charge …

Anti-democratic perspectives

To promote democratic values, educators and leaders need not only to teach these values, they need to mirror them. Educational research has long suggested that when promoting democracy it is …

Reflective Practice in Teaching

The promotion of democracy in school classrooms needs to be adapted to the needs of each context. Contexts are very different from each other. In this MOOC, we have had …

Case studies

Listen to Zeba, Noemia and Breo explaining how they promote democracy in their schools. And consider the following questions for discussion: Who promotes democracy in each of the schools? Are …

Are schools democratic?

As much as we would like to promote democracy in school classrooms, we need to admit that most schools are not democratic spaces. If we think back to the ‘essence’ …

The challenge of promoting democracy

Listen to teachers Zeba, Noemia and Breo discussing some of the challenges they have encountered when teaching and some of their fears about promoting democracy. Have you encountered any of …

Methods of Teaching Assessment

With various methods of assessment, many might question whether assessment can be democratic. First, in most classrooms, there are teachers and students. Many of you will have been in both …

How to teach controversial issues

Teaching around controversial issues is probably one of the most effective practices for the promotion of democracy across Europe and beyond. The term “controversial issues” refers to “issues which arouse …

Democracy in Schools

Over the years, we have accumulated knowledge of practices that can benefit the promotion of democracy in schools. These practices can be beneficial no matter the approach (education about/for/through democracy) …