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.

What Kind of Citizen? The Politics of Educating for Democracy
by Joel Westheimer and Joseph Kahne
June 1, 2004
Educators and policy makers are increasingly pursuing programs that aim to strengthen democracy through civic education, service learning, and other pedagogies. The nature of their underlying beliefs, however, differ. "What Kind of Citizen?" calls attention to the spectrum of ideas represented in education programs about what good citizenship is and what good citizens do.