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ERIC Number: EJ914132
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0271-0560
Teaching and Learning Civility
Levine, Peter
New Directions for Higher Education, n152 p11-17 Win 2010
Incivility can obstruct constructive public discourse and problem solving. Restoring civility is a task for higher education, but it may require tradeoffs with other democratic values. Civility is one value that matters, but it is not the only value. It is important to understand the tradeoffs and tensions. One way for higher education to contribute is to provide research relevant to strategic, ethical, and practical questions. In this article, the author advocates for more dialogue on the state of public discourse and on what civility is, who gets to define it, and whether it matters. He believes that students should graduate with an understanding of what it means to challenge ideas strenuously without attacking people as individuals or as a member of a group. He stresses that learning and dialogue about civility is a learning tool, a means to an end, the end being more reasoned public engagement, a more inclusive and respectful public square, and a stronger democracy. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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