[Discuss-sudbury-model] education research

From: Burkhard & Kirsten <losalemanes_at_hotmail.com>
Date: Thu May 25 08:27:01 2006

Hello everybody,
(and thank you Dana for your intersting hints and links)

I am a student of the (so called) free university of Berlin, and (like
Martin) am curently writing on my diploma-thesis.

The working title is:
"Democracy in education - an integral perspective"

It deals with a multiperspective view on different approaches to the field,
using the meta-theory of the integral approach (represented by the works of
Ken Wilber).

One of the aims of this effort is to show and integrate the different, but
relevant truths that the major perspectives have to offer on a topic - in my
case, of democracy and education.
Therefore I try to include appoaches as different as citizenship education,
democratic education, holistic education, moral developement, transformative
learning, spiritual developement etc. etc.

I would be vey thankful for a n y form of exchange about the topic.

sending you the best wishes

Burkhard Langemann

Berlin, Germany
0049 - 177 - 786 24 21

>From: Dana Matthew Bennis <dbennis12_at_yahoo.com>
>Reply-To: discuss-sudbury-model_at_sudval.org
>To: AEROlistserve_at_yahoogroups.com
>CC: discuss-sudbury-model_at_sudval.org,
>Subject: [Discuss-sudbury-model] Re: [AEROlistserve] scientific
>publications on democratic schools
>Date: Mon, 22 May 2006 18:02:42 -0700 (PDT)
>Hi Martin - when you say "scientific," what do you mean? Do you mean
>anything that is a formal study, or specifically quantitative,
>empirical studies? There are very few of either, especially the
>latter. I'll describe here what I know, including my own research
>which I have just completed, and I urge others to mention other
>studies. This message goes a bit long, but there is much to say and I
>believe it is important to focus more on research.
>Certainly you know about the two Sudbury books, Todd mentioned one of
>them in a previous post. Peter Gray is a professor who has also done
>several formal studies on Sudbury Valley that have been published in
>journals. You will find links to several of these articles by
>searching for "gray sudbury valley" at http://scholar.google.com/. If
>you have access to a research library you may be able to get full
>copies, or perhaps the Sudbury Valley folks can help. The studies show
>the benefit of a democratic freedom-based environment, including
>specifically the benefits of age-mixing and playing.
>Yoshi Nagata studied freedom-based schools in Japan and came up with
>some interesting results of the positive effects of this approach. At
>IDEC 2002 he had some copies of a book that included one of his studies
>- the book is called "Prospect and Retrospect of Alternative Education
>in the Asia-Pacific Region." Another book of his will be coming out
>shortly. Perhaps he is on one of these listservs, or you can email me
>for his email address.
>Derry Hannam has done several studies in England on participative
>schools (perhaps not full “democratic schools”) which indicate that
>such schools enhanced students’ self-esteem, motivation, ownership, and
>empowerment, as well as leading to higher academic achievement. I’m
>sure Derry is on some of these lists.
>Some research in the psychology field bears directly on democratic
>schools, including studies by Deci and Ryan, researchers at the
>University of Rochester, on autonomy and intrinsic motivation. Their
>studies (admittedly not done in democratic schools) indicate that
>autonomy-supportive environments are associated with greater conceptual
>learning, higher levels of creativity, greater self-determined
>learning, and higher levels of intrinsic motivation. Their research
>also shows that humans have an innate need to be autonomous and feel a
>sense of control and self-governance over our lives. More info at
>I believe Deci and Ryan’s work is a gold mine for those of us in
>democratic freedom-based education, and we could benefit freedom-based
>education by discussing and analyzing their research as well as
>creating studies modifying their surveys and scales to be appropriate
>for our schools.
>That is what I did for my own thesis which I am now completing. I
>created a study involving alumni and comparing the educational
>atmosphere of conventional and freedom-based schools and assessing the
>impact of the schools on student autonomy, student levels of intrinsic
>motivation, and students’ development of personal qualities, which for
>this study included self-confidence, independence, compassion,
>curiosity, responsibility, critical thinking, and self-awareness.
>My study was limited by using only 2 freedom-based schools and 1
>conventional school, and by having somewhat small sample sizes from
>each school. Nonetheless, the results establish a correlation between
>freedom-based schools and a positive school atmosphere, high levels of
>perceived autonomy-support, high levels of student intrinsic motivation
>and self-determination, and strong development of personal qualities.
>The results also indicate higher levels of each factor for
>freedom-based schools as compared to the conventional school.
>Some of the results were striking, though not surprising, such as the
>responses to this question: “To what extent do you think your school
>helped most of the people develop the personal qualities mentioned in
>this study?” The percentage strongly or moderately agreeing with that
>statement from the two freedom-based schools was 86% and 91%,
>respectively, while the percentage strongly or moderately agreeing from
>the conventional school was only 9%.
>Many on this list, including myself, don’t need research to tell us the
>value of this approach. However, creating more research studies could
>have the effect of getting into the hands of people who may not
>otherwise visit or consider this form of education. And hopefully,
>more studies would help more people learn about this approach and
>eventually lead to the creation of additional freedom-based schools and
>give more children the opportunity to learn and grow in freedom.
>I plan to hold a workshop regarding research in democratic education at
>the AERO conference this summer and hope others are interested in this.
>Martin, please let me/us know what you choose to do for your research,
>and I would love to help out in any way I can.
>Dana Bennis
>--- Todd Pratum <knowledge_at_pratum.com> wrote:
> > There is a book just published by Sudbury that is the only one I can
> > think of, not sure of the title right now. Todd Pratum.
> >
> > Martin Wilke wrote:
> >
> > >Hi all,
> > >
> > >Is anyone of you aware of any scientific studies/publications that
> > deal
> > >specificly with the democratic structure, the judicial system and/or
> > the
> > >freedom aspects of democratic schools?
> > >
> > >I'm going to write my diploma thesis in political sciences on this
> > >subject. Right now I'm drafting a research design and thus need to
> > know
> > >if anything similar has been done before.
> > >
> > >thanks for your help
> > >
> > >Martin Wilke from Berlin
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >Yahoo! Groups Links
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
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> > >
> >
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