CERG Description

The goal of the Civic Engagement Research Group (CERG) is to provide an evidence base that informs the design of policies and programs that promote the development of citizens for an effective, just, and humane democratic society.

Democratic Values Initiative Study
  • Project Description

    In collaboration with Joel Westheimer of the University of Ottawa, this study examined 10 exemplary educational programs designed to promote democratic values. The programs worked with middle school students, high school students, college students, and adults. This study examined the visions of citizenship and democracy embedded in these differing curricular efforts and the relationship between those visions, the curriculum, and the impact on participants. The study also identified practices that appear to be particularly effective.



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    Kahne, J., Westheimer, J. (2006). The Limits of Political Efficacy: Educating Citizens for a Democratic Society. PS: Political Science and Politics. 39(2) 289-296.


    Westheimer, J., Kahne, J. (2004). What Kind of Citizen? The Politics of Educating for Democracy. American Educational Research Journal 41(2). 237-269.


    Kahne, J. and Westheimer, J. (2003). Teaching Democracy: What Schools Need To Do. Phi Delta Kappan. 85(1), 34-40, 57-66.


    Westheimer, J. and Kahne, J. (2003). Reconnecting Education to Democracy: Democratic Dialogues. Democracy and Civic Engagement. 85(1). 9-14. 


    Westheimer, J., Kahne, J. (2000). Service Learning Required: But What Exactly Do Students Learn?. Education Week. Back Page Commentary. 29(20). 1-4.


    Kahne, J., Westheimer, J. (1996). In the Service of What? Phi Delta Kappan. 77(9), 592-599.