Education for Democracy: A Guidebook for Educators

 A ring of children chalked around a globe filled with numbers, equations, and school supplies

This Tavaana-exclusive manual explores political socialization in schools, and presents a democratic alternative to traditional authoritarian models of education. Using this practical guidebook, educators will explore the kind of learning necessary for active democratic citizenship, and what they can do to facilitate that learning. Ultimately, educators will be equipped with the knowledge to foster independent, critical thought.

The manual tackles the challenging issue of the "hidden curriculum" head on by presenting a systematic approach for infusing democratic values and principles into both classroom practice and education management. The manual shows how these approaches are not only democratic—they also happen to be consistent with best practices in teaching and learning more generally, making the content suitable not only for those interested in supporting democratization, but also for those simply looking for practical advice to better engage their students and facilitate learning. 

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The best aspect of this course was the element of collective participation and the respect given to others’ opinions.
- Shohreh, Student Movement Advocacy course graduate

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