Implementing a Democratic Pedagogy in the Classroom: Putting Dewey into Practice

  • Sheryl MacMath University of Toronto
Keywords: Vignette, Democratic Pedagogy, Classroom, Dewey


A vignette detailing a discussion amongst elementary school teachers brings the ambiguity and challenges of implementing a democratic pedagogy into focus. Using this as a springboard, democratic pedagogy is explored through Dewey’s three democratic dispositions: all human beings are morally equal, we are all capable of intelligent and well-informed opinions, and we can solve any problem if we work collaboratively. Taking these dispositions as the structural necessities for enacting a democratic pedagogy, this paper provides practical field examples of these three democratic dispositions as implemented by teachers.

Author Biography

Sheryl MacMath, University of Toronto
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