ERIC Number: EJ916769
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Reference Count: 14
Developing Civility at the Deepest Levels of Difference
Hayden, Joshua M.
About Campus, v15 n4 p19-25 Sep-Oct 2010
An essential student competency for living and engaging with people's deepest differences is civility. Several recent articles in "About Campus" have suggested both the urgency and educational value of student dialogue and understanding--especially when it comes to religious and ideological differences on campus. More specifically, the way to accomplish this is to confront embedded inequalities on the basis of religious (and nonreligious) difference, as one has with race and gender. Civility is more than simply politeness or courtesy. Civility involves more than being nice to one another or getting along; it focuses on civic responsibility and commitment to forging a common good. It takes seriously that differences make a big impact on the way people live their lives together in community. Its implications for campuses include: (1) helping students come to a place of respect for one another's religious convictions and ideologies; and (2) teaching students how to reason together fairly with others about underlying principles and common goals. Part of developing multicultural competence is acquiring the ability to be supportive without necessarily being in agreement. Part of civility is learning to agree to disagree agreeably. Whether it's the formal curriculum or the hidden curriculum, the competency of civility provides a framework for students to interrelate based on their deepest differences. In this article, the author proposes a framework of civility for religious pluralism on campus.
Descriptors: Prosocial Behavior, Altruism, Ideology, Citizenship Responsibility, Daily Living Skills, Interpersonal Competence, College Students, Cultural Pluralism, Group Unity, Social Change, Conflict Resolution
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Education Level: Higher Education
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