Educating Competencies for Democracy

by Ewa Nowak (Volume editor) Dawn Schrader (Volume editor) Boris Zizek (Volume editor)
Edited Collection XVI, 426 Pages
Series: Dia-Logos , Volume 16


While democratic ideals are cherished by many worldwide, practice and competence in democratic procedures and behaviors are fading. Educating for democracy involves teaching skills that contribute to the democratic ideals, such as fairness, due process, and respect for the dignity, rights, and autonomy of others. In this volume, researchers from throughout the world draw from the Dual-Aspect Theory, the Konstanz Method of Dilemma Discussion, and the Moral Judgment Test, developed by German psychologist Georg Lind to advance democratic competencies. Grounded in Lawrence Kohlberg’s theory of moral judgment, contributors report research at various levels of social engagement, such as schools, workplaces, governments, prisons, and communities, to describe how people can, and do, develop democratic competencies that hold promise for creating interactions and institutions that are just and fair.


XVI, 426
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Publication date
2013 (July)
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2013. XVI, 426 pp., 24 b/w fig.

Biographical notes

Ewa Nowak (Volume editor) Dawn Schrader (Volume editor) Boris Zizek (Volume editor)

Ewa Nowak is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the A. Mickiewicz University of Poznań (Poland), and is currently researching moral cognition and affectivity in demanding social contexts. Dawn E. Schrader is Associate Professor of Communication and Educational Psychology at Cornell University. She researches intersectionality of morality, moral action and metacognitive reflection. Boris Zizek is Assistant Professor of Education at the University of Mainz (Germany). He is interested in identity and socialization in adolescence.


Title: Educating Competencies for Democracy