As the semester winds down, I am almost ready to reflect on my experience teaching Leadership in Practice at Kansas State University. As a fellow in residence in the Staley School for Leadership Studies (SLS), I engaged this course with the goal of training students to become community discussion facilitators. Like almost all IF and SLS classes, students were asked to take ownership of knowledge construction and facilitate discussions within the class and beyond. Although it is too early to share the failures, successes, and successful failures of this experience, it is worth noting that Sue Goodney Lea and I are exploring best practices for training students in community discussion facilitation. We hope to create a space to share resources, discuss strategies, and even workshop sample syllabi. If you are interested in empowering students with the confidence and skill set to organize and facilitate community discussions, then please connect with Shannon ([email protected]) or Sue ([email protected]).
Educating Community Facilitators, The K-State Experience
December 31, 2015
art attitude challenges citizen discussion reports citizen discussions civic engagement Classroom Discussions communication skills conceptual possibilities consensus contrasting possibilities Conversation conversations creativity deliberation democracy developing questions discussion discussion process Discussion Reports educational implications embeddedness exploration facilitation first year seminar generating possibilities generosity governance higher education IF discussion process interactivity learning by doing National Building Museum participation pedagogy personal development Project Discussions public discussion Public Discussions reasoning skills recruiting small groups student-centered discussion student evaluation student success