ERIC Number: ED560896
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Reference Count: N/A
Connections 2013: Citizens in Democratic Politics. Annual Newsletter
Diebel, Alice, Ed.; Gilmore, Melinda, Ed.; Nielsen, Randall, Ed.
Each issue of this annual newsletter focuses on a particular area of the Kettering Foundation's research. The 2013 issue focuses on citizens and the importance of the choices they make in politics. In many ways, politics is about choice--not only among policies and candidates in elections, but also among the many actions to address and solve problems. Two difficulties stand out: (1) Too often, people are on the sidelines of the political system. They don't make any choices, or they choose by not choosing at all; and (2) Simply being involved won't result in good choices unless people make informed and wise decisions about what they should do. Kettering research is both about what motivates people to become involved and about what helps them make sound decisions. The articles in this newsletter describe a variety of experiments in how naming and framing problems encourages deliberation. These experiments, and others, offer critical insights into how citizens can get off the sidelines of the political system and make sound choices about their shared future. Individual articles include: (1) Getting Off the Sidelines and Making Good Choices (David Mathews); (2) Deliberative Opportunities in Everyday Political Talk (Amy Lee and Erika Mason-Imbody); (3) Public Deliberation from the Jury Room to Initiative Elections (John Gastil); (4) Issue Guides and Issue Frameworks (Brad Rourke); (5) Learning Exchanges with Centers for Public Life (Alice Diebel and Randall Nielsen); (6) A Public Voice: A Long-Running Experiment Bears Promising Fruit (David Holwerk); (7) Reinventing Hampton (Connie Crockett); (8) Learning Exchanges with Professional Organizations (Phillip D. Lurie); (9) Public Learning in Public Schools: How Networks of Teachers and Public Partners Can Support Civic Learning (Stacie Molnar-Main, with Libby Kingseed); (10) Active Citizenry in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia: A Case of Citywide Deliberation, Collective Acting, and Civic Capacity Building (Germán Ruiz and Ileana Marin); (11) Online Deliberative Decision Making (Amy Lee); and (12) Folk Politics (Randall Nielsen).
Descriptors: Newsletters, Citizenship Responsibility, Political Issues, Decision Making, Participation, Citizen Participation, Public Opinion, Experiments, Public Schools, Networks, Partnerships in Education, Foreign Countries, Capacity Building, Computer Mediated Communication, Folk Culture, Music
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serial; Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Kettering Foundation
Identifiers - Location: Colombia