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Democratic Dialogue publications are aimed at researchers, practitioners, and the general public. They include scholarly contributions to academic journals, articles in practitioner magazines, and newspaper opinion-editorial pieces.

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DemocraticDialogue.com Occasional Paper Series #17
No Child Left Thinking: Democracy At-Risk in American Schools
by Joel Westheimer


Phi Delta Kappan. April 2006 special issue on Patriotism and Education. Guest edited by Joel Westheimer. (follow links on table of contents to get full access to the articles)

Also, see responses and letters to the special issue on patriotism and education.

Educating for Democracy in K-12 Schools

Phi Delta Kappan. September 2003 special issue on Democracy and Civic Engagement. Guest edited by Joel Westheimer and Joe Kahne. (follow links on table of contents to get full access to the articles)


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

Westheimer, Joel (2005). Democratic Dogma: There is No One-Size-Fits-All Approach to Schooling for Democracy. Canadian Issues Magazine. Sept.

Cook, Sharon Anne (2004). Learning to be a Full Canadian Citizen: Youth, Elections, and Ignorance. Canadian Issues Magazine. September.

Westheimer, J. & Kahne, J. (2004). What Kind of Citizen? The Politics of Educating for Democracy. American Educational Research Journal. 41(2).  Summer. (Winner of the Outstanding Paper of the Year award for research in social studies from the American Educational Research Association and Best Paper of the Year award from the division on Teaching and Learning of the American Political Science Association).

Westheimer, J. (2004). The Politics of Civic Education. Political Science & Politics. 38(2)  April. 57-61.

Westheimer, J. & Kahne, J. (2004). Educating the "Good" Citizen: Political Choices and Pedagogical Goals. Political Science & Politics. 38 (2).  April.

Westheimer, J. & Kahne, J. (2003). Reconnecting Education to Democracy: Democratic Dialogues. Phi Delta Kappan. 84(1). September. Introduction to special issue on Democracy and Education.

Kahne, J. & Westheimer, J. (2003). Teaching Democracy: What Schools Need to Do. Phi Delta Kappan. 84(1). September.

Kahne, J. & Westheimer, J. (2004). The Limits of Efficacy: Educating Citizens for a Democratic Society. In Giarelli, J. & Rubin, B. Social Studies for a New Millennium: Re-Envisioning Civic Education for a Changing World. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Westheimer, J. (2003). Citizenship Education for a Democratic Society. Teach Magazine. April.

Westheimer, J., & Kahne, J. (2002). Educating for Democracy. In R. Hayduk & K. Mattson, (2002). Democracy's Moment: Reforming the American Political System for the 21st Century. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Chapter 7, 91-107.

Westheimer, J., & Kahne, J. (1998). Education for Action – Preparing Youth for Participatory Democracy. Chapter 1 in Bill Ayers et al. (Eds.), Teaching for Social Justice: A Democracy and Education Reader. New York: New Press/Teachers College Press, 1-20.
[Also published as Westheimer, J. & Kahne, J. (2000). Education for Action: Preparing Youth for Participatory Democracy. The School Field. Special issue: Theorizing Citizenship Education III. XI(1/2), 21-39. ]


Community and Democracy in Schools


Westheimer, J. (2000). Communities and Consequences: An Inquiry into Ideology and Practice in Teachers' Professional Work. Educational Administration Quarterly. Special Issue: School as Community, 35(1), 71-105.

Westheimer, J. (1998). Conceptualizing Community: Problems and Possibilities for Research on Teachers' Work. Journal of Research in Education, 8(1), 9-15.

Westheimer, J., & Kahne, J. (1993). Building School Communities: An Experience-Based Model. Phi Delta Kappan, 75(4), 324-328.
[Above reprinted in E-Library of Instructional Texts, 1996-97. Guilford, CT: The Dushkin Publishing Group, Inc.]
[Above reprinted in Annual Editions, 1995: Education. Guilford, CT: The Dushkin Publishing Group, Inc.]

Westheimer, J., Kahne, J., & Gerstein, A. (1992). School reform in the 90's: Opportunities and obstacles for experiential educators. The Journal of Experiential Education, 15(2), 44-49. [Reprinted in R. Kraft & J. Kielsmeier, Eds. (1994). Experiential Learning in Schools and Higher Education. Kendall-Hunt Publishing: Dubuque, Iowa.]


Westheimer, J. (1998). Among Schoolteachers: Community, Autonomy, and Ideology in Teachers' Work. New York: Teachers College Press.


Democratic Pedagogy and Academic Freedom in Higher Education


Westheimer, J. & Kahne, J. (2003). What Kind of Citizen? Political Choices and Educational Goals. Campus Compact Reader. III(3).
[Also printed in Encounters on Education/Encuentros sobre Educación/ Rencontres sur l'Education v.4, Fall. 2003.]

Westheimer, J. (2003). Tenure Denied: Anti-Intellectualism and Anti-Unionism in the Academy. Social Text. 73, 47-64. Adapted/also printed in "Tenure Denied" In Johnson, B., Kavanagh, P., & Mattson, K. Steal This University! The Rise of the Corporate University and an Academic Labor Movement. New York: Routledge, 2003.

Westheimer, J., & Kahne, J. (2001). Social Justice, Service Learning, and Higher Education: A Critical Review of Research. The School Field. 12(5/6). Adapted from J. Kahne, J. Westheimer, & B. Rogers (2000).

Kahne, J., & Westheimer, J. (2000). A Pedagogy of Collective Action and Reflection: Preparing Teachers for Collective School Leadership. Journal of Teacher Education, 51(5), 372-383.

Westheimer, J., Kahne, J., & Rogers, B. (1999). Learning to Lead: Building on Young People's Desire to 'Do Something. New Designs For Youth Development. Special Issue on Social Justice, 15(3), 41-46.


Service Learning


Westheimer, J. (2001). Community Service Learning: Pursuing Jewish Ideals of Compassion and Justice. Contact. Jewish Life Network/Steinhardt Foundation. Autumn.

Westheimer, J. & Kahne, J. (January 26, 2000). Service learning required - But what exactly do students learn? Education Week. Back Page Commentary.

Kahne, J., Westheimer, J., & Rogers, B. (2000). Service Learning and Citizenship in Higher Education: Directions for Research. Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, Special Issue. 42-51.

Kahne, J., & Westheimer, J. (1996) In the Service of What? The Politics of Service Learning. Cover (lead) article. Phi Delta Kappan, 77(9), 593-599.
[Also reprinted in J. Claus, (1998). Community Service Learning: Relevance, Meaning and Empowerment in the Lives and Education of Youth. New York: Peter Lange; and reprinted in Benton Foundation (1998). KidsCampaign.org. New York: Benton Foundation.]


International Issues


Maclure, R. (2006). No Longer Overlooked and Undervalued? The Evolving Dynaimcs of Endogenous Educational Research in Sub-Saharan Africa. Harvard Educational Review. 76(1): 80-109.

Maclure, R & Denov, M. (2006). "I Didn't Want to Die So I Joined Them": Structuration and the Process of Becoming Boy Soldiers in Sierra Leone. Terrorism and Political Violence, 18: 119-135.

Maclure, R. & Sotelo, M. (2004). Children's Rights and the Tenuousness of Local Coalitions: A Case Study in Nicaragua. Journal of Latin American Studies. 36: 85-108.

Maclure, R. & Sotelo, M. (2004). Youth Gangs in Nicaragua: Gang Membership as Structured Individualization. Journal of Youth Studies. 7(4): 417-432.

Maclure, R. & Sotelo, M. (2003). Children's Rights as Residual Social Policy in Nicaragua: State Priorities and the Code of Childhood and Adolescence. Third World Quarterly. 24(4): 671-689.