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The Discussion Book by Stephen Preskill, Stephen D. Brookfield

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Chapter 45

Deliberative Polling

Drawing on the work of James Fishkin (2009) and the Kettering Foundation's National Issues Forum (Melville, Willingham, & Dedrick, 2005), polling is used to prep people for a discussion and to explore how it has informed their thinking once it's concluded.

Purposes

  • To promote deep and informed discussion about an important public policy issue
  • To explore viewpoints on the issue that participants do not know well
  • To gain practice in taking a stance on issues and giving reasons for that stance
  • To understand the dynamics of people changing their minds in discussion

How It Works

  • Participants are polled about their initial thinking on an issue of local or national importance.
  • They are then assigned briefing ...

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