Democracy As Dicussion

Democracy As Dicussion

by William M. Keith
     
 

ISBN-10: 0739115081

ISBN-13: 9780739115084

Pub. Date: 10/01/2007

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

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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 from archives around the country, Democracy as 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 that swept the U.S. 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 U.S. are recounted and analyzed, making this book a valuable resource in the study of political communication and history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739115084
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
10/01/2007
Series:
Lexington Studies in Political Communication Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Teaching Speech, Teaching Democracy Chapter 3 Origins of Speech Pedagogy Chapter 4 Contest Debating and Civic Pedagogy Chapter 5 John Dewey and the Turn to Discussion Part 6 Teaching Discussion Chapter 7 The First Wave: Discussion Educators Emerge Chapter 8 The Second Wave: Discussion Pedagogy Comes of Age Chapter 9 The Demise of Discussion Part 10 The Forum Movement Chapter 11 The Development of the American Forum Chapter 12 Adult Education and the Civic Mission Chapter 13 The Federal Forum Project Chapter 14 Conclusion

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