Creating Democratic Spaces: Jane Addams School for Democracy.
Jane Addams School for Democracy is a community-based education and action center located on St. Paul's West Side. A collaborative effort of neighborhood families and local colleges and universities, the school was created in 1996 as a democratic space designed to cultivate the talents, cultures, and interests of people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. This article reports on a recent qualitative evaluation of the school. Results suggest the school provides an enriching environment for all participants. The study also suggests that in order to create safe, democratic spaces, community members and students must be given the opportunity to develop consistent, ongoing, and multidimensional relationships.
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