Teaching for Democracy in an Age of Economic Disparity addresses the intersections between democratic education and economic inequality in American society. Drawing upon well-established theoretical constructs in the literature on democratic citizenship as well as recent events, this volume outlines the ways in which students can not only be educated about democracy, but become actively engaged in the social issues of their time.

The collection begins with an examination of how the confluence of capitalism and education have problematized the current model of democratic education, before transitioning into discussions of how teachers can confront economic disparity both economically and civically in the classroom. The authors then introduce a variety of ways in which teachers can engage and empower students’ civic action at all grade levels. As a final component, the volume explores new avenues for civic action, including the use of social media for democratic engagement in schools and opportunities for critical reflection and cross-cultural dialogue. This book is a valuable resource for both scholars interested in the research on democratic education and practicing teachers wishing to turn their students into critical, active citizens.

chapter |10 pages


ByCory Wright-Maley, Trent Davis

section |48 pages

Setting the Context

chapter |17 pages

The Economic Citizen

Civic Education and Its Discontents
ByJoseph R. Nichols

section |52 pages

Confronting Economic Disparity

chapter |19 pages

Teaching About Economic Inequality

Lessons from California
ByJohn Rogers, Joel Westheimer

chapter |16 pages

Helping Students Address the Elephant in Democracy's Room

An Interactive Approach to Teaching about Campaign Finance
ByW. Journell, Brett L. M. Levy, James M. M. Hartwick

section |80 pages

Building Spaces to Nurture Student Action

chapter |16 pages

Toward Gender Equity

Imagining New Spaces for Empowerment through Feminist Pedagogy in Democratic Classrooms
ByKathryn E. Engebretson, Alexandria Hollett

chapter |18 pages

Literacy Instruction as a Tool for Vibrant Civic Voice

ByJennifer E. Dolan, Douglas Kaufman

chapter |17 pages

Empowering Praxis in Our Youngest Citizens

An Instructional Framework for Helping Elementary School Students Explore and Respond to Contemporary Social Issues
ByRyan Colwell

chapter |16 pages

Participatory Citizenship

A Commitment to Action Civics
ByKaron LeCompte, Brooke Blevins

chapter |12 pages

Fostering Youth Voice

Philosophy, Strategies, and Outcomes of the Democracy in Action Program
ByEmma Kornfeld, Jill Bass, Brett L. M. Levy

section |56 pages

New Fronts in the Fight for Democracy

chapter |18 pages

Interrogating Democracy

Lessons from Ferguson, Missouri
ByLauren Arend, Alexander Cuenca

chapter |17 pages

Narrative Possibilities of the Radical Humanities

Shaping Participatory and Justice-Oriented Citizens for Democracy
ByTara Hyland-Russell, Corinne Syrnyk

chapter |20 pages

Mediating Democracy

Social Media as Curriculum
ByDaniel G. Krutka, Jeffrey P. Carpenter