The Democratization of Albania: Democracy from Within

Hardcover | July 15, 2010

byTheodore Kaltsounis

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The Democratization of Albania describes a multi-year project designed to promote democracy in Albania through the country’s entire educational system. Instructional materials were developed, including a basic manual, to introduce open and interactive teaching by a network of almost 3000 teachers and educators, who were trained through the project on the proper application of the materials developed. To sustain the network, five democratic civic education centers were established in as many universities throughout the country. Success with young people led the author to go beyond describing the project and propose in the book a new model for accelerating the process of democratization. This can be achieved by empowering ordinary citizens through education to actively participate in building their country’s democracy.

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The Democratization of Albania describes a multi-year project designed to promote democracy in Albania through the country’s entire educational system. Instructional materials were developed, including a basic manual, to introduce open and interactive teaching by a network of almost 3000 teachers and educators, who were trained through...

Theodore Kaltsounis is Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington, Seattle, as well as Honorary Professor at the University of Elbasan.  Born in Southern Albania, he escaped to Greece at the age of 15, following the establishment of the communist regime in that country.  He became a teacher and briefly taught in Greece. He con...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:206 pages, 8.31 × 5.76 × 0.64 inPublished:July 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230104584

ISBN - 13:9780230104587

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Table of Contents

The Burden of the Past and Dreaming Democracy * Building Relationships and Exploring Curriculum * Selecting Leaders and Defining Basic Concepts * Teaching, Learning, and Teacher’s Guides * Publishing the Materials and Starting a Network * Expanding the Network and Addressing Feedback * Network Strengthening Through the Universities * Evaluating and Concluding the Project * Democratization and Albania’s Experiment * Presenting a New Model for Albania and Beyond

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“This book is a thoroughly interesting and occasionally inspiring narrative of the author's democracy education project in post-communist Albania. The author's connections to Albania and its Greek-ethnic minority drive the story, a tale of his exile from post-World War II Albania's communist regime and return as a distinguished American civic educator committed to the advancement of democracy in his former homeland. There are elements of triumph and tragedy, exhilaration and disappointment in the engaging episodes of this work. It is a compelling read, filled with instructive examples of how to proceed effectively in building democracy and democratic citizenship education from within a society that lacks a tradition of self-government and civil liberty. This work is distinctive. There is nothing else quite like it in the civic education literature of the United States. It treats a fundamentally important common topic in the field of social studies generally and civic education in particular, which is how to initiate, develop, and maintain a project in democratic citizenship education.”--John J. Patrick, Professor Emeritus of Education, Indiana University, Bloomington