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RIA # 158: Dr. Steven Camicia on Democratic Education

Dr. Steven Camicia

On this episode, Katie is joined by Dr. Steven Camicia, an associate professor of social studies education at Utah State University. His research focuses on curriculum and instruction in the areas of perspective consciousness and social justice as they relate to critical democratic education. The term “critical” modifies “democratic education” in order to focus upon the attributes of power, inclusion, and recognition in democratic education. He was awarded an American Educational Studies Association 2017 Critics’ Choice Book Award for his book entitled, Critical Democratic Education and LGBTQ-Inclusive Curriculum: Opportunities and Constraints. In his book, he examines how the contexts in Utah and California might influence what can and cannot be said in classrooms about LGBTQ individuals and issues. His research has been published in scholarly journals such as Theory and Research in Social Education, The Social Studies, Social Studies Research and Practice, International Journal of Social Studies Research, Journal of Teaching and Teacher Education, the Journal of Public Deliberation, and the London Review of Education. He is a former associate editor of Theory and Research in Social Education. His research interests stemmed from his experiences as a former elementary school teacher.

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Show Notes

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Segment 1: Researching Democratic Education [00:00-13:50]

In this first segment, Steven shares some of his projects focused on researching democratic education.

In this segment, the following resources are mentioned:

Segment 2: Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice [13:51-23:21]

In segment two, Steven discusses how his research includes an emphasis on diversity, inclusion, and social justice.

In this segment, the following resources are mentioned:

Segment 3: Helping Students Understand Political Discourses [23:22-33:28]

In segment three, Steven describes his most recent project on using social studies to help students engage in political debates and discussions.

In this segment, the following resources are mentioned:

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