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ERIC Number: EJ1082704
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1052-4800
Deliberation as Communication Instruction: A Study of a Climate Change Deliberation in an Introductory Biology Course
Drury, Sara A. Mehltretter
Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, v26 n4 p51-72 2015
The author argues that deliberation is an innovative method for teaching communication skills, particularly group communication, in the undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum. A case study using a deliberation activity on global climate change in an introductory biology course demonstrates how deliberative discussion may alter student perspectives and opinions on public issues. Using critical-interpretative methods on pre- and post-deliberation surveys, the analysis suggests the potential and relevance of deliberation for communication instruction in STEM courses. Deliberation offers resources for teaching STEM and non-science students the habits and skills of citizenship, the consideration of wicked problems, and complex problem solving.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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