Deliberative Pedagogy Lab

Welcome to the Deliberative Pedagogy Lab! We are engaged scholars committed to innovative approaches to teaching and learning for democratic engagement using a practice we call “deliberative pedagogy.” Here you will find resources introducing this growing interdisciplinary field of scholarship and practice.

In Deliberative Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning for Democratic Engagement, we built upon several years of conversations at the Kettering Foundation to define “deliberative pedagogy."

"Deliberative pedagogy is a democratic educational process and a way of thinking that encourages students to encounter and consider multiple perspectives, weigh trade offs and tensions, and move toward action through informed judgment. It is simultaneously a way of teaching that is itself deliberative and a process for developing the skills, behaviors, and values that support deliberative practice. Perhaps most important, the work of deliberative pedagogy is about space-making: creating and holding space for authentic and productive dialogue, conversations that can ultimately be not only educational but also transformative" (Longo, Manosevitch & Shaffer, 2017, pp. xxi).

For a brief introduction, see the following blog posts about deliberative pedagogy.

Deliberative Pedagogy: What Does It Mean to Educate for Citizenship in a Democracy?

Deliberative What? Bridging Deliberation and Engagement in Higher Education

Deliberative pedagogy in practice at Providence College with students in Nicholas Longo's Diversity, Inclusion, and Democracy course. Longo has received $250,000 from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations to support civil discourse work at Providence College.

Timothy Shaffer's small group communication course at Kansas State University is designed around principles of deliberative democracy with class-based and community experiences.