Many books have been written about democratic education. Here our members curate lists of recommended reading in different languages.


Appleton, M. (2005) Jeugd in Vrijheid - Zelfbeschikking op de Summerhill School. Oosterbeek, Uitgeverij Syntax Media.

Greenberg, D. a.o. (2003) De Vrijheid van de Sudbury Valley School - Vijfendertig jaar ervaringen en inzichten. Alphen aan de Rijn, Uitgeverij Astarte.

Hartkamp-Bakker, C.A. (2009). De Kampanje, Sudbury Valley School in Nederland. Antwerpen, Belgium, Maklu en Garant Uitgevers.

Gerelateerde boeken (Niet over Democratisch Onderwijs)

Rogers, C. (1973) Leren in vrijheid. Haarlem: Uitgeverij De Toorts.

Wild, R. (1994) In vrijheid leren. Heemstede, Altamira.

Wild, R. (2002) Kwaliteit van leven voor kinderen en andere mensen. Amsterdam, SWP.


Bennis, Dana M. / Graves, Isaac R. (2009) (ed.). The Directory of Democratic Education, third edition, http://democraticeducation.com/

Greenberg, Daniel (1995). Free at last: The Sudbury Valley School. Framingham, MA: Sudbury Valley School Press.

Neill, A. S. (1960). Summerhill: A radical approach to child-rearing. New York: Hart Pub. Co.

Other books

Appleton, M. (2000). A free-range childhood: Self regulation at Summerhill School. Brandon, VT: Foundation for Educational Renewal.

Avrich, P. (1980/2005) The Modern School movement: Anarchism and education in the United States. Oakland, CA: AK Press.

Ayers, W.. (2003). On the side of the child: Summerhill revisited. New York: Teachers College Press.

Bergmann, F. (1977). On being free. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press.

Berman, C. (1994). The School Around Us: 25 years. Buxton, ME: Buxton Press.

Biesta, G. (2006). Beyond learning: democratic education for a human future. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers.

Croall, J. (1983): All the best, Neill. Letters from Summerhill. London, UK: André Deutsch.

Deci, E. L., & Flaste, R. (1995). Why we do what we do: Understanding self-motivation. New York: Penguin Books.

Dennison, G. (1969). The lives of children; The story of the First Street School. New York: Random House.

Dewey, J. (1916/1997) Democracy and education. New York: The Free Press.

Dewey, J. (1938). Experience and education. New York: Collier MacMillan Publishers.

Dewey, J., & Dewey, E. (1915). Schools of To-Morrow. New York: EP Dutton & Co.

Eisler, R. (2000). Tomorrow’s children: A blueprint for partnership education in the 21st century. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.

Ferm. E. (2005). Freedom in education. Indiana, PA: Factory School.

Fortune-Wood, J. (2000). Doing it their way: Home-based education and autonomous learning. Nottingham, England: Educational Heretics Press.

Freire, P. (1970). Pedagogy of the Oppressed. New York: Continuum.

Gatto, J. (1992). Dumbing us down: The hidden curriculum of compulsory schooling. Gabriola Island, Canada: New Society Publishers.

Graubard, A. (1972). Free the children: Radical reform and the free school movement. New York: Vintage Books.

Greenberg, Daniel (2000). A clearer view: New insights into the Sudbury School model. Framingham, MA: Sudbury Valley School Press.

Greenberg, Daniel / Sadofsky, Mimsy / Lempka, Jason (2005). The pursuit of happiness: The lives of Sudbury Valley alumni. Framingham, MA: Sudbury Valley School Press.

Gregory, T. (1993). Making high school work: Lessons from the Open School. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

Gribble, David (2004). Lifelines. Bristol, UK: Libertarian Education.

Gribble, David (1998). Real education: Varieties of freedom. Bristol, UK: Libertarian Education.

Gribble, David (2006). Worlds apart. Bristol, UK: Libertarian Education.

Harrison, S. (2002). The happy child: Changing the heart of education. Boulder, CO: Sentient Publications.

Hecht, Yaacov (2010). Democratic education: A Beginning of a Story. (see http://www.educationrevolution.org/yaacov.html)

Hern, M. (2003). Field day: Getting society out of our lives. Vancouver, BC, Canada: New Star Books.

Holt, John (1995). Freedom and beyond (Rev. ed.). Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook Publishers.

Holt, John (1964/1995). How children fail. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press.

Holt, John (1967/1995). How children learn. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press.

Illich, Ivan (1971/1999) Deschooling society. London, UK: Marion Boyars Publishers.

Kozol, J. (1972). Free schools. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Krishnamurti, J. (1953/1981) Education and the significance of life. San Francisco, CA: HarperSanFrancisco.

Lamb, A. (1992). The new Summerhill. London, UK: Penguin Books.

Lane, H. (1969). Talks to parents and teachers. New York: Schocken Books.

Leue, M. (1992). Challenging the giant: The best of skole: The journal of alternative education vol. 1. Ashfield, MA: Down-to-Earth Books.

Leue, M. (1994). Challenging the giant: The best of skole: The journal of alternative education vol. 2. Ashfield, MA: Down-to-Earth Books.

Leue, M. (1996). Challenging the giant: The best of skole: The journal of alternative education vol. 3. Ashfield, MA: Down-to-Earth Books.

Leue, M. (2000). Challenging the giant: The best of skole: The journal of alternative education vol. 4. Ashfield, MA: Down-to-Earth Books.

Llewellyn, G. (1997). The teenage liberation handbook: How to quit school and get a real life & education. Shaftesbury, Dorset, UK: Element Books Limited.

Mercogliano, C. (2006). How to grow a school: Starting and sustaining schools that work. New York, NY: Oxford Village Press.

Mercogliano, C. (2007). In defense of childhood: Protecting kids' inner wildness. Boston, MA: Beacon Press.

Mercogliano, C. (1998). Making it up as we go along: The story of the Albany Free School. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann Press.

Mercogliano, C. (2004). Teaching the restless: One school’s remarkable no-ritalin approach to helping children learn and succeed. Boston, MA: Beacon Press.

Miller, R. (2000). Creating learning communities: Models, resources, and new ways of thinking about teaching and learning. Brandon. VT: The Foundation for Educational Renewal.

Miller, R. (2002). Free schools, free people: Education and democracy after the 1960s. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

Miller, R. (1997). What are schools for?: Holistic education in American culture. Brandon, VT: Holistic Education Press.

Mintz, Jerry (2003). Homework and recess all day: How to have freedom and democracy in education. New York: Bravura Books.

Morrison, K. (2007). Free school teaching: A journey into radical progressive education. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

Neill, A. S. (1916). A dominie's log. London, UK: Herbert Jenkins.

Neill, A. S. (1917). A dominie dismissed. London, UK: Herbert Jenkins.

Neill, A. S. (1921). A dominie in doubt. London, UK: Herbert Jenkins.

Neill, A. S. (1923). A dominie abroad. London, UK: Herbert Jenkins.

Neill, A. S. (1924). A dominie’s five. London, UK: Herbert Jenkins.

Neill, A. S. (1926). The problem child. London, UK: Herbert Jenkins.

Neill, A. S. (1932). The problem parent. London, UK: Herbert Jenkins.

Neill, A. S. (1936). Is Scotland educated?. London, UK: Routledge.

Neill, A. S. (1937). That dreadful school. London, UK: Herbert Jenkins.

Neill, A. S. (1939). The problem teacher. London, UK: Herbert Jenkins.

Neill, A. S. (1945). Hearts not heads in the school. London, UK: Herbert Jenkins.

Neill, A. S. (1949). The problem family. London, UK: Herbert Jenkins.

Neill, A. S. (1953). The free child. London, UK: Herbert Jenkins.

Neill, A. S. (1966). Freedom – not license. New York, NY: Hart Publishing Company.

Neill, A. S. (1967). Talking of Summerhill. London, UK: Gollancz.

Neill, A. S. (1973). Neill! Neill! orange peel!: A personal view of ninety years. London, UK: Weidenfeld & Nicolson.

Placzek, B. R. (1981). Record of a friendship: The correspondence of Wilhelm Reich and A. S. Neill. London, UK: Gollancz.

Robert, H. M. (1951/1915). Robert’s rules of order: Revised. Chicago, IL: Scott, Foresman and Company.

Rogers, C. and Freiberg, H. J. (1994). Freedom to learn, 3rd Ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Rousseau, J. J. & R. L. Archer. (1964). Jean Jacques Rousseau: His educational theories selected from Émile, Julie and other writings. (R.L. Archer, Trans.). Woodbury, NY: Barron’s Educational Series, Inc. (Original work published 1762)

Sadofsky, M. & Greenberg, D. (1992). The Sudbury Valley School experience. Framingham, MA: Sudbury Valley School Press.

Sadofsky, M. & Greenberg, D. (1994). Kingdom of childhood: Growing up at Sudbury Valley School. Framingham, MA: Sudbury Valley School Press.

Sadofsky, M. & Greenberg, D. (1998). Reflections on the Sudbury School concept. Framingham, MA: Sudbury Valley School Press.

Sego Lily School. (2006). Trusting children: A look at Sudbury education around the world. Salt Lake City, UT: Sego Lily School.

Smith, M. P. (1983). The libertarians and education. London: George Allen & Unwin.

Snitzer, H. (1972). Today is for children: Numbers can wait. New York: The Macmillan Company.

Spring, J. (1975/1998). A Primer of Libertarian Education. Montreal: Black Rose Books.

Spring, J. (1994). Wheels in the head: Educational philosophies of authority, freedom, and culture from Socrates to Paulo Freire. New York: McGraw-Hill, Inc.

Tolstoy, L. (1862/1967). Tolstoy on education. (L. Wiener, Trans.). Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Vaughn, M. (2004). Summerhill & A.S. Neill. Maidenhead, Berkshire, UK: Open University Press

Vygotsky, L. S. (1978). Mind in society: The development of higher psychological processes. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Ward, C. (1995). Talking Schools. London: Freedom Press.

see also:


Bücher über Demokratische Schulen
Appleton, M. (2003): Summerhill Kindern ihre Kindheit zurückgeben. Demokratie und Selbstregulierung in der Erziehung, Schneider, Baltmannsweiler

Backhaus, Axel / Knorre, Simone in Zusammenarbeit mit Brügelmann, Hans / Schiemann, Elena (Hrsg.) (2008): Demokratische Grundschule - Mitbestimmung von Kindern über ihr Leben und Lernen, Band zur Tagung "Demokratische Grundschule" an der Universität Siegen, Arbeitsgruppe Primarstufe/FB2. Universität: Siegen, 464 Seiten, http://www.agprim.uni-siegen.de/demogs/buchdemogs.htm

Greenberg, Daniel (2004): Endlich frei! Leben und Lernen an der Sudbury-Valley-Schule, Arbor-Verlag, Freiamt

Greenberg, Daniel u.a. (2005): Die Sudbury Valley School. Eine neue Sicht auf das Lernen, tologo verlag, Leipzig

Greenberg, Daniel (2006): Ein klarer Blick, tologo verlag, Leipzig

Gribble, David (2000): Schule im Aufbruch. Neue Wege des Lernens in der Praxis, Arbor-Verlag, 301 Seiten, ISBN-10: 3924195595

Kittel, Rut (2006): Demokratische Bildung in der Diskussion - Am Beispiel des Sudbury-Schulkonzeptes, Grin Verlag, München

Mintz, Jerry (2008): Keine Hausaufgaben und den ganzen Tag Pause. Wie es Bildung in Freiheit und Demokratie geben kann, tologo verlag, Leipzig

Neill, A. S. (1950): Selbstverwaltung in der Schule, Pan, Zürich

Neill, A. S. (1974): Theorie und Praxis der antiautoritären Erziehung. Das Beispiel Summerhill, Rowohlt, Reinbek

Neill, A. S. (1986): Das Prinzip Summerhill. Fragen und Antworten, Argumente, Erfahrungen, Ratschläge, Rowohlt, Reinbek

Bücher über Themen, die auch einen Bezug zu Demokratischen Schulen haben
Bourdieu, P. / Passeron, J.-C. (1971): Die Illusion der Chancengleichheit. Untersuchungen zur Soziologie des Bildungswesens am Beispiel Frankreichs. Klett, Stuttgart

Freire, P. (1972): Die Pädagogik der Unterdrückten, Kreuz-Verlag, Stuttgart

Freire, P. (1974): Erziehung als Praxis der Freiheit, Stuttgart-Berlin

Freire, P. (1980): Dialog als Prinzip, Wuppertal

Fromm, E. (1976): Haben oder Sein. Die seelischen Grundlagen einer neuen Gesellschaft, Deutsche Verlagsanstalt GmbH, Stuttgart

Fromm, E. (1991): Wege aus einer kranken Gesellschaft. Eine sozialpsychologische Untersuchung, DTV, München

Gläser, J. (1920): Vom Kinde aus: Arbeiten des Pädagogischen Ausschusses der Gesellschaft der Freunde des vaterländischen Schul- und Erziehungswesens zu Hamburg, Westemann, Hamburg

Holt, John (1971): Wie Kinder lernen, Beltz, Weinheim

Illich, I. (1972): Entschulung der Gesellschaft, Kösel-Verlag GmbH & Co, München

Kozol, J. (1973): Free Schools. Schule und Gegenschule, Otto Maier Verlag, Ravensburg

Neuhäuser, H. / Rülcker, T. (Hrsg.) (2000): Demokratische Reformpädagogik. Peter Lang Verlag Frankfurt / M.

Park, Eunhong (2003): Ist Lernen steuerbar?, Dissertation, FU Berlin, Online

Paulsen, W. (1926): Die Überwindung der Schule: Begründung und Darstellung der Gemeinschaftsschule, Leipzig

Pestalozzi, J.-H. (2006): Wie Gertrud ihre Kinder lehrt. WfB Verlagsgruppe, Bad Schwartau

Reich, K. (2006): Konstruktivistische Didaktik - ein Lehr- und Studienbuch, Beltz-Verlag, Weinheim

Reichen, Jürgen: Lesen durch Schreiben, bei Lehrer-Online


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Singer, Helena: Republica de Crianças: sobre experiências democráticas de resistência