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Contribution to Book
Transforming Conflict in the Classroom: Best Practices for Facilitating Difficult Dialogues and Creating an Inclusive Communication Climate
Transforming Conflict Through Communication in Personal, Family, and Working Relationships
  • Tasha Souza, Boise State University
  • Nancy Vizenor, Humboldt State University
  • Diane Sherlip, St. Joseph's College
  • Lisa Raser, Humboldt State University
Document Type
Contribution to Books
Publication Date
1-1-2016
Abstract
Since discussions can improve students' ability to evaluate the logic of positions that they and others hold1, classroom discussions develop students' self-awareness and appreciation of diverse perspectives.2 Other benefits of discussions that are controversial in nature include "higher achievement and better retention, more frequent use of higher-level reasoning, metacognitive thought, and critical thinking, more continuing motivation to achieve and learn, and greater accuracy in interpersonal perspective taking."3 Moreover, engaging in classroom discussions can be thought-provoking, exciting, and transformative. One of the challenges in facilitating classroom discussions is creating a communication climate that avoids destructive conflict, allows multiple voices to be heard, and fosters dialogue.
Citation Information
Tasha Souza, Nancy Vizenor, Diane Sherlip and Lisa Raser. "Transforming Conflict in the Classroom: Best Practices for Facilitating Difficult Dialogues and Creating an Inclusive Communication Climate" Transforming Conflict Through Communication in Personal, Family, and Working Relationships (2016)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/tasha_souza/12/