Some useful references for further reading about democratic education.



International Democratic Education Conferences (IDEC)

IDEC is an annual event held which attracts participants from all around the world. The key-uniting theme is a passion for putting the learner at the centre of the learning process. The experience of IDEC goes beyond the student-centred learning philosophies and has broad applicability to all manner of progressive, alternative and mainstream schools.

Participants have found attending past IDEC’s an inspiring, rewarding and in some cases a life changing experience.

  • 2008 – The conference held in Vancouver
  • 2007 – The conference held in Brasil
  • 2006 – The conference held in Sydney, Australia, from 10 – 16 July. 2006′s theme: Democracy – What’s Next? posed a challenging question about the shape of democratic education in the future.
    2005 - The conference held in August 2005 in Berlin, Germany
  • 2004 (website no longer available) – The conference held in December 2004 in Bhubaneshwar, the capital city of the state of Orissa in India
  • 2003 (website no longer available) – The conference held in July 2003 in Albany, New York
  • 2002 (website no longer available) – The conference held in August 2002 in New Zealand

International Democratic Education Conference Protecting Democratic Schools Petition – To be sent to the UN, UNESCO and governments around the world

Australian Association for Progressive and Alternative Education


Other schools

Other democratic / progressive schools

Research articles

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