The aims, methods, and effects of deliberative civic education through the National Issues Forums

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)X-192
JournalCommunication Education
Volume48
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication
  • Education
  • Language and Linguistics

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