Share Paper: Posting on Politics: Can we teach civic deliberation on Facebook?

  1. Daniel Krutka, University of North Texas, United States
Thursday, March 29 11:50 AM-12:10 PM Edison E

Abstract: Social studies educators and researchers have long sought to teach the civic skill of deliberation, which consists of the ability to engage in civil and fair discourse on controversial public issues and use credible evidence to make reasoned decisions (Hess, 2014; National Council for the Social Studies, 2013). Deliberation is considered fundamental to strong democracy (Barber, 1984). Research suggests that effective teachers utilize strategies such as focusing on interpretable text and participants and facilitator ask authentic questions and refer to previous points made in the discussion (Hess, 2004, p. 154). A number of researchers have attempted to investigate online deliberation. ...