|Deliberation is when we consider the merits of a range of alternatives and weigh the advantages as well as the tradeoffs of each. After thinking the issue through, we try to make the best possible choice, the one that best answers our particular needs. It may not be perfect, but it is informed by all of the information that we can bring to the decision at that time.When we deliberate with others the process is collaborative and involves more than just one person's experience, needs, and perspective. At its best, this is what a jury is expected to do. Deliberation requires a commitment on the part of all who enter into the process to listen to the perspectives and the knowledge of all who are participating, and to try to learn from one another. The aim of deliberation is to share perspectives and knowledge, and to build ideas, not to defend them.
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Integrating International and Civic Education (IICE)
Project of Indiana University-Center for the Study of Global Change
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Choices for the 21st Century Education Program Watson Institute of International Studies, Brown University
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