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Uploaded on Aug 19, 2009
This video investigates the democratisation of a university classroom at the University of Alberta, Canada. To this end, the video first describes how the classroom was stuctured as a democratic space (Part 1). An analysis of the main obstacles to the democratisation of the classroom in question, follows (Part 2). Finally, the video discusses some of the strategies that were used in order to overcome the obstacles previously described (Part 3).
This does not have the pretence to extrapolate and offer a 'formula' for a democratic class; it simply seeks to give an insight into both the merits and challenges of implementing democratic forms of pedagogy through the analysis of a context-specific experience of democratic pedagogy. Most importantly, the video invites students as well as teachers to experiment with democratic practices, and to share their experiences so as to allow for cross-context comparisons around experimental forms of democratic pedagogy.