Civic Reasoning and Discourse: Advancing the Quality and Utilization of an Interdisciplinary Research Base

This project is currently under development. Please check back for updates.


The National Academy of Education (NAEd) recently launched initiative to advance high-quality
research in civic reasoning and discourse for use in educational policy and practice.
The goal of the project is to improve students’ learning in these areas by ensuring that the
pedagogy, curriculum, and learning environments that they experience are informed by the best
available evidence. Under the direction of an expert steering committee of researchers and other
leaders in civic learning and student engagement, the NAEd will organize a workshop series and
develop a study report that will synthesize findings as well as provide actionable guidance for
policy makers, practitioners, and future researchers.


  • James Banks
    University of Washington, Seattle
  • Sarah Freedman
    University of California, Berkeley
  • Diana Hess
    University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Joseph Kahne
    University of California, Riverside
  • Carol Lee
    Northwestern University (Chair)
  • Peter Levine
    Tufts University
  • Na’ilah Suad Nasir
    Spencer Foundation
  • Walter Parker
    University of Washington, Seattle
  • Judith Torney-Purta
    University of Maryland, College Park



Contact Greg White for more information.


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