'Democracy will not fall from the sky.' A comparative study of teacher education students' perceptions of democracy in two neo-liberal societies: Argentina and Australia

David Zyngier, Maria Delia Traverso, Adriana Murriello

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This paper compares and contrasts pre-service teachers (PSTs) beliefs about democracy in Argentina and Australia. While there are many important studies of how school students understand democracy and democratic participation, few have studied what teachers, and especially pre-service teachers, think about democracy. This paper uses a mixed methods approach to present quantitative and qualitative responses to the contrasting understandings of democracy from an established and a newly emerging democracy. Determining the linkage between education and democracy is important as it has implications for how our children will relate to democracy both in the classroom and in society as future citizens.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275 - 299
Number of pages25
JournalResearch in Comparative and International Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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