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The Civic Mission of Higher Education: From Outreach to Engagement

This 24-page report provides an overview of the 2001 Workshop on Higher Education and Public Life presented by the Kettering Foundation and the National Issues Forums Institute. (continue)

Deliberation Thermometers

This document is used by student monitors (not moderators) to rate the performance of groups involved in online Democracy Lab Forums. The document represents an effort to identify some of the at least partially independent dimensions of effective dialogue. Democracy Lab provides online National Issues Forums-style forums for use in high school and college classes. (continue)

Dialogue as Pedagogy: Deliberative Learning with Democracy Lab in High School and College Classes

This 10-page document was distributed during Jim Knauer and Paul Alexander's workshop of the same name at the 2006 NCDD Conference in San Francisco. Deliberative dialogue can be used across the curriculum to integrate civic education without sacrificing disciplinary content or traditional learning objectives. The document not only outlines Democracy Lab (an online deliberation program for college students) and where it is headed, it also outlines existing research on dialogic pedagogy, describes William Perry's Scheme of Intellectual and Ethical Development, and explores the relationship between deliberative dialogue and learning. (continue)

Touchstones Discussions

Touchstones grew out of more than twenty years of experience with the successes and challenges of the seminar program at Saint John's College, in Annapolis, Maryland. The Touchstones approach to leading discussion groups is grounded in a series of reflections on the nature of collaboration; the relationship between texts and personal experience; the ways in which authority, expertise, and power impede mutual cooperation; and the obstacles that hinder the examination of our most fundamental assumptions about the world in which we live. (continue)

Evaluation Item Pool

This document lists evaluation questions used in the l994, 1995, and l996 surveys of students who participated in the National Issues Forums between the University of Georgia and Ithaca College. Both on-line and off-line items are included. (continue)

Fielding Graduate Institute – Dialogue, Deliberation and Public Engagement Certificate Program

In 2004, Fielding Graduate Institute, in collaboration with The International Institute for Sustained Dialogue (IISD) and the Kettering Foundation, launched this unique 16-week graduate level Certificate Program. The program strives for the development of "virtuosity" in our practice of dialogue and deliberation. "Virtuosity is what results when people follow their passions to know something well and to perform skillfully. It combines at least three things: (a) a 'passion' for what you are doing; (b) an ability to make [clear] distinctions and (c) the ability to engage in skilled performance.' We have designed the course to enhance participants' abilities to engage in skilled performance. (continue)

Kennesaw State University – Conflict Management

The Master of Science in Conflict Management (MSCM) is designed to train students to be conflict resolution practitioners in varied environments. The curriculum includes courses in theory, research, design skills and practice skills. It offers field study opportunities. Students select a specific environment and develop a substantive specialty. (continue)

Society for Values in Higher Education

The Society for Values in Higher Education is a fellowship of teachers and others who care deeply about ethical issues - such as integrity, diversity, social justice and civic responsibility - facing higher education and the wider society. We believe that such values call for study, reflection, discussion, and action. We pursue these activities through publications, projects, regional gatherings, and an annual national meeting. SVHE's Democracy Project, which began in 1999, is an exploratory initiative that examined models of deliberative democracy and higher education's capacity to engage those models. (continue)

Eastern Mennonite University – Center for Justice and Peacebuilding

EMU's Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) was founded to further the personal and professional development of individuals as peacebuilders and to strengthen the peacebuilding capacities of the institutions they serve. The program is committed to supporting conflict transformation and peacebuilding efforts at all levels of society in situations of complex, protracted, violent or potentially violent, social conflict in the United States and abroad. CJP runs a Graduate Program in Conflict Transformation, a Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI), The Practice Institute (previously the Institute for Justice and Peacebuilding), and a Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Reslience (STAR) training. (continue)

Public Policy Research Institute at the University of Montana – Graduate Program for Natural Resources Conflict Resolution

The Public Policy Research Institute at the University of Montana offers a graduate-level program to help students negotiate the governance of natural resources through dialogue and problem solving. The only program of its kind in the U.S., The Natural Resources Conflict Resolution Program teaches students theories underlying collaboration, multiparty negotiation, consensus building, and deliberative dialogue as well as skills to prevent and resolve natural resources conflicts. (continue)

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