Fostering Civil Discourse: A Guide for Classroom Conversations

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Fostering Civil Discourse: A Guide for Classroom Conversations

How can you create a safe and reflective classroom where students learn to exchange ideas and listen respectfully to each other? What strategies are most effective in helping students practice constructive dialogue?

In the aftermath of a divisive vote to leave the European Union, ongoing tensions around immigration, rising Islamophobia, antisemitism and far right extremism, educators are rightly concerned about the lessons that today’s students might be absorbing. Educators have an essential role to play in creating classrooms where students learn to listen respectfully to different opinions and experiences, try out ideas and positions, and give—and get—constructive feedback without fear or intimidation.

This guide provides strategies designed to help you navigate these challenging times and support your students to develop effective skills for participation in the classroom and the wider community.

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