Encouraging students to identify, navigate, and engage multiple perspectives is a primary component in developing global awareness. Deliberation is a particularly effective analytical tool for students developing this skill. The IU deliberation model, Deliberation for Global Perspectives in Teaching and Learning (DGP), is a curriculum that offers a practical process with which to examine and evaluate multiple perspectives on multifaceted topics. In addition to meeting K-12 Academic Standards in various subjects, the six fundamental, integrated steps of the deliberation process together achieve a number of vital global learning objectives:
- Encouraging civil discourse while considering multiple perspectives
- Piquing interest in current and historical topics that have international implications
- Sharpening active listening and critical thinking skills
- Adding diversity and creativity to classroom instruction
DGP lesson plans, which can be found on the "Start Here" page, includeteacher-developed, classroom-tested teaching methods and innovative classroom activities to assist you in teaching deliberation to your students. The curriculum is geared to high school students; however, it can be modified for use at other educational levels. Additionally, the skills gained through deliberation are transferrable to many situations outside of the classroom, including real-life civic engagement and the professional world.