Deliberative democracy is a school of political thought in which conversation takes on a central role. It’s different from representative democracy, which involves voting and polling, because it focuses on discussion and understanding to move forward on issues. Sheron Fraser-Burgess, professor of social foundations and multicultural education at Ball State University, explains that educators can take principles from deliberative democracy and apply them to a classroom setting. In her work, she advocates for democratic deliberation, which is a means of teaching students not only how to work through cultural differences, but also how to be better citizens in a democracy.
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- Sheron Fraser-Burgess
- Deliberative democracy
- John Dewey
- Amy Guttman
- Danielle Allen, Talking to Strangers
- Hannah Arendt and desegregation
- Alice Walker, In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens
- Ideal and non-ideal theory in political philosophy
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