Putting Deliberative Pedagogy in Place: How Colleges and Universities Can Help Build a More Democratic Society


  • Nicholas Longo Providence College




place-based education, anchor institutions, deliberative pedagogy, civic education


Place-based education makes a compelling case that the pedagogy of colleges and universities must be re-imagined to be more relevant and engaged. This article argues for a specific approach to place-based education—what has been termed deliberative pedagogy—offering an emerging practical philosophy that applies insights from deliberative dialogue towards teaching and learning. The author provides principles and practices, along with examples of this method of civic education. It makes a hopeful case for having democratic practices in education undergirding the connection between anchor institutions and the broader civic mission of higher education. 


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