ERIC Number: ED434078
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-May
Democracy at Risk: How Schools Can Lead.
Sorenson, Georgia; Adams, Bruce; Kretman, Kathy Postel; Linsky, Marty; Burns, John S.; Gmelch, Walter H.; Kellerman, Barbara; Rost, Joseph C.
This report describes the Eisenhower Leadership Program, an approach to leadership learning that aims to educate students for democracy. Based on the premise that democracy at risk threatens the fabric of the national culture, the document presents five key elements considered essential for educating students to become democratic leaders. These elements are as follows: (1) establish a democratic environment in the school and classrooms; (2) engage students in critical thinking regarding problems they are asked to address; (3) make leadership learning a collaborative effort; (4) involve students in real learning experiences and situations outside the classroom; and (5) allow time and space for reflection. Recommendations for attaining these goals are provided via models enacted by participating Eisenhower Leadership Program schools. Appendices list in-place Eisenhower Leadership Program Projects, persons interviewed for this report, and 23 suggested readings. (MM)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Citizenship Responsibility, Democracy, Democratic Values, Elementary Secondary Education, Leadership Training, Social Studies, Social Values
The Center for Political Leadership & Participation, The University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland 20742-7715; Tel: 301-405-5751; e-mail:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Center for Political Leadership and Participation.; Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA. Kennedy School of Government.; Washington State Univ., Pullman. Dept. of Educational Leadership and Counseling Psychology.