Daily Archives: April 13, 2014

Moral Development and Democratic Schooling

Democratic participation in schooling is a rather recent phenomenon. Early American educators clearly did not intend nor believe that students should have a voice in their own education. The colonial school was authoritarian, teacher-directed, and often punitive. The meaning of  … Continue reading

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Playing in the Zone of Proximal Development: Qualities of Self‐Directed Age Mixing between Adolescents and Young Children at a Democratic School

The potential educational value of free age mixing between adolescents and younger children has been largely neglected because of the widespread acceptance of the conventional scheme of age-graded schooling. To address this neglect, we analyzed qualitatively a set of field … Continue reading

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