ERIC Number: ED479699
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Aug
Deliberative Discourse in the Political Science Classroom.
Exploration of a number of essays published recently in "Political Science and Perspectives on Politics" makes clear that a number of political scientists consider the question of how they are helping students to become engaged and responsible students is a central goal. The task of working with students in class to help them develop the motivation and skills necessary for engaged citizenship seems a somewhat peripheral professional goal. This paper suggests that political science teachers need to be concerned with creating classroom environments that ask students to articulate and defend their perspectives in dialogue with their peers or the authors whose work is assigned in class. The educator/author of the paper states that her work with oral communication in her government classes has grown out of collaboration and work with scholars in the fields of rhetoric and speech communication. The paper discusses the development of a course on the communication environment and pedagogy and a course on the politics of family. The goals, assignments, and other efforts resulted in a course called "The Politics of Family in America." It offers considerations of the courses and addresses goals for the future. Includes 28 notes. (BT)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (99th, Philadelphia, PA, August 28-31, 2003).