Perspectives of democracy: A lens for analyzing students' experiences in a pilot community standards program

Cathy Mc Hugh Engstrom, Hilton Hallock, Stacey M. Riemer, Julie Rawls

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Abstract

In this qualitative study, researchers describe how 39 students (16 males, 22 females; 29 first year students, 9 sophomores) constructed their residential experiences during pilot implementation of the Community Standards Model (Piper, 1997). Three major themes were identified that relate to democratic living: program purpose and structure; engagement and decision-making; and constructions of community. These intersecting themes were interpreted from the lens of two competing visions of democracy: agreements versus community. Finally, conditions were proposed to promote relational-based democratic communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)265-278
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of College Student Development
Volume41
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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