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Democratic Values and Democratic Approach in Teaching: A Perspective

1Assistant. Professor, Dept. of Education, Southfield College, Darjeeling, West Bengal, INDIA


American Journal of Educational Research. 2014, Vol. 2 No. 12A, 37-40
DOI: 10.12691/education-2-12A-6
Copyright © 2014 Science and Education Publishing

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Dipty Subba. Democratic Values and Democratic Approach in Teaching: A Perspective. American Journal of Educational Research. 2014; 2(12A):37-40. doi: 10.12691/education-2-12A-6.

Correspondence to: Dipty  Subba, Assistant. Professor, Dept. of Education, Southfield College, Darjeeling, West Bengal, INDIA. Email: Diptysubba1@yahoo.com

Abstract

This paper introduces the importance of Democratic Values and place the role of teachers in the present democratic world. India is the solitary country in the world where greater importance is attached to the teacher. Schools are places where democratic ideals such as equality, freedom, justice are instilled in individuals. Teachers are the ultimate instruments of change. For democracy to continue to thrive, children must be taught to value it as a way of life. The necessary skills for building democracy do not develop automatically in children. Teaching democracy means preparing children to become citizens who will preserve and shape democracy in the future. Therefore democracy should be a key aspect in every form of education at the earliest age possible. Children should learn about taking responsibility for their action. These educational outcomes are only possible through action. While key concepts of democracy should be understood by children, living and acting in a democratic environment is the only and the best exercise. Schools, institutions, children’s clubs and organizations and even families that respect democratic principles and have real democratic structures function as the best models to help children learn what democracy is about. The qualities like tolerance, acceptance, a wider view, global awareness, reflection and equal justice rests within the teachers to shape the child in all possible ways to face this competitive world of today. Teachers' beliefs, thoughts and decisions on educational matters occupy the major part of the psychological context of teaching process. Teacher educators should democratize their pedagogy so that their trainees learn understandings and skills of democratic practice throughout their training experience. The appropriate balance between critical components skills, knowledge and dispositions, on one hand, and an open, dynamic and critically engaged curriculum, and teaching and learning conceptual framework, on the other hand has not yet been attained.

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