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Learning Democratic Citizenship: An Experiment in Teaching Deliberation
Unformatted Document Text:  Other Students’ Limited Exposure to Deliberation on Campus (Even One Experience) Increased Their Political Enthusiasm and Optimism Because the focus of this study was on sustained deliberative training and exposure and how it mediates political development, this finding was somewhat surprising. Essentially, the data came from two sources: the student participants from the Fall 2002 campus deliberation on community at Wake Forest and a few repeat focus group members of no more than four occasions. First, we were unprepared for the unbridled enthusiasm of the Deliberation Participants as they spoke of their single experience: “…really good to see a lot of students come out..;” “impressed with the city showing…” “it [deliberation]is really valuable…” “this [the campus] is the perfect place for deliberation…” Furthermore, the reaction of these one-timers was reflective as well as emotional. They spoke of diversity, the hearing of different points of view, efficacy, a level playing field, rational discussion, active listening, common ground—textbook claims by deliberation advocates, but by students who had not been exposed to the theory. Another surprising affirmation for ad hoc deliberation came in the final focus group when one senior cohort member praised the focus group itself as an opportunity to deliberate. The enthusiastic testimony of this repeat focus group member aligns with the 2005 HERI senior survey data to suggest an unanticipated outcome of this study: even a modicum of deliberative experience, less formal and less frequent, appears to expand civic preparation, or at least students’ perceptions of it. 13

Authors: Harriger, Katy. and McMillan, Jill.
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Other Students’ Limited Exposure to Deliberation on Campus (Even One Experience)
Increased Their Political Enthusiasm and Optimism
Because the focus of this study was on sustained deliberative training and
exposure and how it mediates political development, this finding was somewhat
surprising. Essentially, the data came from two sources: the student participants from the
Fall 2002 campus deliberation on community at Wake Forest and a few repeat focus
group members of no more than four occasions.
First, we were unprepared for the unbridled enthusiasm of the Deliberation
Participants as they spoke of their single experience: “…really good to see a lot of
students come out..;” “impressed with the city showing…” “it [deliberation]is really
valuable…” “this [the campus] is the perfect place for deliberation…” Furthermore, the
reaction of these one-timers was reflective as well as emotional. They spoke of diversity,
the hearing of different points of view, efficacy, a level playing field, rational discussion,
active listening, common ground—textbook claims by deliberation advocates, but by
students who had not been exposed to the theory. Another surprising affirmation for ad
hoc deliberation came in the final focus group when one senior cohort member praised
the focus group itself as an opportunity to deliberate. The enthusiastic testimony of this
repeat focus group member aligns with the 2005 HERI senior survey data to suggest an
unanticipated outcome of this study: even a modicum of deliberative experience, less
formal and less frequent, appears to expand civic preparation, or at least students’
perceptions of it.
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