Democracy as Discussion: Civic Education and the American Forum Movement

Democracy as Discussion: Civic Education and the American Forum Movement

by William M. Keith
     
 

ISBN-10: 0739115081

ISBN-13: 2900739115083

Pub. Date: 09/26/2007

Publisher: Lexington Books

As Americans worry ever more about the effects of media on the quality of public deliberation, they have developed a renewed interest in public discussion, especially face-to-face public discussion. Over a century ago, public forums-organized and widespread-provided a place where citizens could discuss the political issues of the day, and they became a means of adult

Overview

As Americans worry ever more about the effects of media on the quality of public deliberation, they have developed a renewed interest in public discussion, especially face-to-face public discussion. Over a century ago, public forums-organized and widespread-provided a place where citizens could discuss the political issues of the day, and they became a means of adult civic education. William M. Keith documents the college course developed by the new field of speech to teach the skills of discussion, as well as the forum movement, which culminated in the Federal Forum Project. Using primary sources form archives around the country, Democracy Discussion traces the early history of the speech field, the development of discussion as an alternative to debate, and the Deweyan progressive philosophy of discussion thhat swept the United States. For the first time the structure and details of the Federal Forum Project in the context of the forum movement and adult civic education in the United States are recounted and analyzed, making this book a valuable resource in the study of political communication and history.

About the Author:
William M. Keith is associate professor of communication at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900739115083
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
09/26/2007
Series:
Lexington Studies in Political Communication Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
376

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     xi
Abbreviations     xiii
Introduction     1
Teaching Speech, Teaching Democracy     17
Origins of Speech Pedagogy     19
Contest Debating and Civic Pedagogy     59
John Dewey and the Turn to Discussion     89
Teaching Discussion     113
The First Wave: Discussion Educators Emerge     115
The Second Wave: Discussion Pedagogy Comes of Age     151
The Demise of Discussion     193
The Forum Movement     211
The Development of the American Forum     213
Adult Education and the Civic Mission     241
The Federal Forum Project     277
Conclusion     331
Bibliography     343
Index     358
About the Author     363

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