This essay examines the goals, teaching methods, and educational impact of deliberative civic education. Brief descriptions of three current deliberative education programs are followed by an in-depth analysis of the National Issues Forums (NIF). A summary of NIF materials clarifies the program's basic educational goals and methods. A review of qualitative and quantitative studies gauges NIF's effectiveness. Results show that NIF can bolster participants' political self-efficacy, refine their political judgments, broaden their political conversation networks, and reduce their conversational dominance; however, NIF may have no direct effect on political participation, and it may heighten participants' skepticism about the efficacy of group-based political action.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Language and Linguistics