Public Deliberation Engaged Learning Workshop

There are three more spaces for this one-session, late-afternoon workshop. The workshop will be followed by invidual consultations with workshop participants.

DELIBERATIVE INQUIRY

Using public deliberation methods and materials to enhance the quality and content of classroom discussion and students’ critical thinking abilities.

Professors across all the arts and sciences disciplines are invested in seeking ways to engage students in substantive classroom discussions of critical public issues that don’t degenerate into adversarial political rants or rely solely on abstract expert policy analysis. This workshop introduces faculty to the National Issues Forum Deliberative Dialogue methods and materials that teach students to name, frame, and deliberate multiple approaches to a variety of public issues. The workshop will also introduce deliberative skills that include active listening, multiple styles of questioning, weighing options and corresponding drawbacks, and moving toward common ground and choices. In this workshop, faculty members will be oriented to the National Issues Forums material by deliberating a public issue, and then exploring how to apply deliberative dialogue techniques and materials in their respective courses. The three-hour workshop will be followed by individual consultations with the workshop leaders during the second half of the semester to provide a thoroughly customized application of deliberative inquiry methods into their courses.

Facilitators/Mentors
Dr. Jan Clark, English and Rhetoric
Prof. Gregg Kaufman, Government and Sociology/American Democracy Project

Dates
Wednesday, March 21st, 4-7 pm
Follow-up sessions, including presentations, to be determined in consultation with participants

Using public deliberation methods and materials to enhance the quality and content of classroom discussion and students’ critical thinking abilities.

Professors across all the arts and sciences disciplines are invested in seeking ways to engage students in substantive classroom discussions of critical public issues that don’t degenerate into adversarial political rants or rely solely on abstract expert policy analysis. This workshop introduces faculty to the National Issues Forum Deliberative Dialogue methods and materials that teach students to name, frame, and deliberate multiple approaches to a variety of public issues. The workshop will also introduce deliberative skills that include active listening, multiple styles of questioning, weighing options and corresponding drawbacks, and moving toward common ground and choices. In this workshop, faculty members will be oriented to the National Issues Forums material by deliberating a public issue, and then exploring how to apply deliberative dialogue techniques and materials in their respective courses. The three-hour workshop will be followed by individual consultations with the workshop leaders during the second half of the semester to provide a thoroughly customized application of deliberative inquiry methods into their courses.

Facilitators/Mentors

Dr. Jan Clark, English and Rhetoric

Prof. Gregg Kaufman, Government and Sociology/American Democracy Project

Dates

Wednesday, March 21st, 4-7 pm

Follow-up sessions, including presentations, to be determined in consultation with participants

Using public deliberation methods and materials to enhance the quality and content of classroom discussion and students’ critical thinking abilities.

Professors across all the arts and sciences disciplines are invested in seeking ways to engage students in substantive classroom discussions of critical public issues that don’t degenerate into adversarial political rants or rely solely on abstract expert policy analysis. This workshop introduces faculty to the National Issues Forum Deliberative Dialogue methods and materials that teach students to name, frame, and deliberate multiple approaches to a variety of public issues. The workshop will also introduce deliberative skills that include active listening, multiple styles of questioning, weighing options and corresponding drawbacks, and moving toward common ground and choices. In this workshop, faculty members will be oriented to the National Issues Forums material by deliberating a public issue, and then exploring how to apply deliberative dialogue techniques and materials in their respective courses. The three-hour workshop will be followed by individual consultations with the workshop leaders during the second half of the semester to provide a thoroughly customized application of deliberative inquiry methods into their courses.

Facilitators/Mentors

Dr. Jan Clark, English and Rhetoric

Prof. Gregg Kaufman, Government and Sociology/American Democracy Project

Dates

Wednesday, March 21st, 4-7 pm

Follow-up sessions, including presentations, to be determined in consultation with participants

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About greggkaufman

I am a retired ELCA pastor and college professor. I am a Kettering Foundation research associate with an interest in deliberative democracy and the relationship of religion and civic life in America.
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