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ERIC Number: ED407009
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Feb
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
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Enhancing Student Learning through Public Deliberation: A Fresh Approach to Active Learning.
Stewart, Mary Alice; Smith, Melanie
By helping students acquire deliberative skills, community colleges can help develop citizen leaders who can engage in public discussion about values that are commonly shared but differently applied. Moreover, deliberative skills, consisting of active listening, creative conflict, public dialogue, and public judgment, can provide a fresh approach to active learning in the classroom. Leaders in learning organizations are responsible for building organizations where people are continually expanding their capabilities to shape their future, while the greatest service a leader can provide is to help others develop and sustain good working relationships. One important resource for implementing this kind of approach in the classroom is the study circle, in which small groups discuss and deliberate together to make decisions. In study circles, participants must listen with an open mind and strive to understand the position of those who disagree with them. Ideas and differences can be freely expressed and challenged, but participants are responsible for monitoring their attitude, body language, and use of reason versus emotion. Study circles can train students to move beyond data and arguments as presented in lectures or textbooks to a consideration of information within a broad social context. (HAA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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