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This paper explores the connection between how groups are defined and activated and the possibilities for community democracy in schools. Several theories of group politics are discussed in the paper including concepts such as structural conflict, overlapping memberships, and potential publics, followed by an exploration of the group focus of some contemporary democratic education literature. Presented are the results of a class activity (a classroom simulation) that demonstrate how group political theory is reflected in graduate education student responses to political images. The students' responses support the contention that some individuals continue to view political messages in terms of broad, oppressed groupings (e.g., race and gender) but that group attachments are more complex. Finally, the merits of cultivating multiple group memberships among students across race and gender, and among other groupings are discussed. Contains 7 notes and 40 references. (Author/BT)

Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Classroom Research, Diversity (Student), Elementary Secondary Education, Graduate Students, Graduate Study, Group Membership, Higher Education, Simulation, Student Reaction











Author: Dixon, Douglas A.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=8789&id=ED438236







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