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Title page for ETD etd-04012007-104459

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Stenson, Christine Marie
URN etd-04012007-104459
Title Democracy and education in a white suburban high school: an ethnography
Degree PhD
Department Leadership and Policy Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Robert L. Crowson Committee Chair
Claire E. Smrekar Committee Member
David Bloome Committee Member
Janet S. Eyler Committee Member
Stephen P. Heyneman Committee Member
  • civic education
  • ethnography
Date of Defense 2007-03-28
Availability unrestricted
This ethnographic study begins by outlining two competing conceptions of democracy, the participatory and representative views. These conceptions frame an analysis of the practices for socialization for democratic citizenship at one majority white middle to upper-middle class suburban high school. The practices were abstracted from nonparticipant observations of an American government class, shadowing and interviewing six students through three school days apiece, and interviewing eight teachers and two school counselors. The school was found to be, on average, educating students in line with the representative view of democracy. The study concludes with discussion and encouragement of further research into practices to promote students’ acquisition of the knowledge, dispositions, and skills required to be effective citizens in a democracy.
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