From time to time, IF also engages in and/or supports various research projects on its discussion processes. While much of this research focuses on best practices and outcomes for our classroom discussions, we also engage in research on our public and project discussions.
Some of these research projects have culminated in published academic papers and reports, and other projects have been designed to produce working, internal or “white paper” reports for our use. A number of these research papers are available for download under our Resources section and the separate pages listed there for Papers, Teaching Aids, and Other IF Publications.
In the 2011-2012 academic year, IF awarded limited grant funding for 8 different research projects proposals submitted by college faculty and others interested in student-centered classroom discussion. These research projects focused on analyzing and measuring for a variety of education goals including–
- Public deliberation (especially as it applies to the discussion process developed by the Interactivity Foundation)
- Pedagogical research concerning the effectiveness of student-centered teaching approaches
- Citizen engagement with complex policy issues
These research projects were completed in the 2012-2013 academic year, and we are now analyzing the results to help identify and promote the most effective processes for student-centered classroom discussion.