Politics Now: Enhancing Political Consciousness in High Schools

Esther Yogev (Editor)
Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and Arts, Tel Aviv, Israel

Series: Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World
BISAC: EDU025000

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This collection of chapters deals with a troubling issue: the absence of education towards political-social thinking in schools. Politics is the public domain that organizes the life of the people through the exercise of power and the fulfillment of the interests of different individuals in society, within a reality of limited resources. Modern politics has an institutional dimension that is related to government and is concerned with the electoral process, representation, legislation, implementation and judgment. The civic dimension, deals with the connection between rights and responsibilities, the reciprocal relations between the individual and society and the extent of the individual’s responsibility for the public domain in which he lives and acts.

From the late 18th century on, politics has also been characterized by an ideological dimension that strives to realize a vision of a better society as desired by this or that entity. The chapters presented here investigates the debate surrounding this question from an epistemological perspective, while presenting from other various angles. It also offers teaching practices that can foster political-social thinking among students. Because the authors of the chapters are members of the Israeli academic community, the Israeli reality will serve as the basis for many of the examples. At the same time, this effort to explore possibilities and methods to strengthen political thinking in the educational system can be very beneficial to all educational systems in the world, especially those that cherish the preservation of a robust democracy.
(Imprint: Nova)

Introduction: On the Need to Strengthen the Political Consciousness in Schools
Esther Yogev (Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and Arts, Tel Aviv, Israel)

Chapter 1 - Critical Education and the Twofold Concept of Ideology (pp. 1-12)
Amnon Yuval (Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and Arts, Tel Aviv, Israel)

Chapter 2 - Talking about Revolution: Developing Political Consciousness through Constructivist Teaching of Literature (pp. 13-28)
Tali Goldshmid (Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and Arts, Tel Aviv, Israel)

Chapter 3 - Political Sensitivity and Social Responsibility in Psychological Training (pp. 29-48)
Nissim Avissar (Sapir College, Israel)

Chapter 4 - Bearing Witness and Responsibility in Education (pp. 49-66)
Hanoch Ben-Pazi (Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and Arts, Tel Aviv, Israel)

Chapter 5 - Transformative Education and Sustainability: Pathways and Possibilities (pp. 67-86)
David Dunetz (Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and Arts, and Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Tel Aviv, Israel)

Chapter 6 - The Missing Political Link in Progressive Education George S. Counts and a Call for A Democratic-Political Pedagogy (pp. 87-104)
Nir Michaeli (Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and Arts, Tel Aviv, Israel)

Chapter 7 - The Ethical Value of Aesthetic Education (pp. 105-124)
Shai Frogel (Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and Arts, Tel Aviv, Israel)

Chapter 8 - Epilogue: Reviving Political Education (pp. 125-130)
Eyal Naveh (Tel–Aviv University and The Kibbutzim College of Education, Israel)

Index

Audience:

- Intellectuals in the field of social sciences and humanities
- Students in Teacher Education
- Professional officials in the education system
- Students for Philosophy
- High school teachers
- Peace educators

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