JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT POLICY AND PRACTICE
Practicing Democracy on Wicked Problems Through Deliberation: Essentials for Civic Learning and Student Development
Author(s): Alex Jorgensen, Kara Lindaman
Citation: Alex Jorgensen, Kara Lindaman, (2020) "Practicing Democracy on Wicked Problems Through Deliberation: Essentials for Civic Learning and Student Development," Journal of Management Policy and Practice, Vol. 21, Iss. 2, pp. 28-39
Article Type: Research paper
Publisher: North American Business Press
Infusing the curriculum with deliberative practice transforms civic education from episodic moments to sustained practice. The capacities necessary for productive and meaningful democratic engagement— critical thinking, empathic listening, creative problem solving, ethical leadership, and collaboration—are not only essential for sustaining a vibrant democracy, they are the best preparation for our studentscitizens to be successful in the 21st century. The practice of deliberation cultivates students thinking to explore enduring, and multidisciplinary questions and address persistent (and wicked) public problems. Students who engage in deliberative practice see politics differently and experience enhanced engagement in their democratic lives.