About This Journal

Democracy & Education aims to provoke rigorous, open, and inclusive engagement with the challenges of educating youth in the pre-K-12 age span for active participation in a democratic society. This open access journal seeks to support and sustain conversations that take as their focus the conceptual foundations, social policies, institutional structures, and teaching/learning practices associated with democratic education.


Democracy & Education was founded two decades ago by George Wood at Ohio University. The journal was then the main editorial outlet for the Institute for Democracy in Education, founded in 1984 as a study group for elementary school teachers in Southwestern Ohio (the journal was no more than a newsletter). The group evolved into a more formal entity in 1986-7 with Teacher Roundtables and an annual meeting. By 1993 the journal had evolved into a quarterly publication for practicing classroom teachers.

In 2006, the journal was transferred from Ohio University to Lewis & Clark in Portland, Oregon, where the school's graduate education programs have long had a focus on democratic teaching approaches and social justice. Now predominantly a scholarly publication, in 2010-2011 Democracy & Education received a major editorial overhaul under the direction of a team of editors from across the country. The journals' scope was sharpened to include the "conceptual foundations, social policies, institutional structures, and teaching/learning practices associated with democratic education." Democracy & Education ceased print publication to become an innovative, dynamic, open-access online journal, providing content without charge to libraries, scholars, and the public.

Past editors of the journal include George Wood, Jaylynne Hutchinson, Jean Ann Hunt, Peter Cookson, and Nancy Nagel.

Publication Information

Democracy & Education is published by the Graduate School of Education and Counseling at Lewis & Clark in Portland, Oregon.


Democracy & Education articles can be accessed from the following sources and collections:

  • ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center)
  • Google and Google Scholar
  • Ebsco Education Source
  • Directory of Open-Access Journals (DOAJ)
  • Gale


Democracy & Education
Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling
0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd.
Portland, OR 97219
Office: 503-768-6054
Fax: 503-768-6053
Email: journal@lclark.edu


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