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.

Teaching Democracy: What Schools Need to Do
by Joseph Kahne and Joel Westheimer
September 1, 2003
The authors studied 10 educational programs whose objective - to develop democratic citizens - is largely ignored by school reform policy. Schools can fulfill this mission, they discovered, through specific strategies that promote civic commitments, capacities, and connections.