Designing a model for deliberation-based learning

Spencer E. Carlson, Kristine J. Lu, Evey Huang, Elizabeth M. Gerber, Matthew W. Easterday

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In political organizing, groups use deliberation to scope projects in which they will collaboratively design political actions and organizations. Despite its importance, we lack a model for teaching learners to scope highly open-ended political projects through deliberation. We designed, implemented, and evaluated deliberation-based learning (DBL), a novel model of learning environments that combines support for iterative design and deliberation, in a university design course. We found the learning environment supported students to choose political issues, form teams, and scope detailed project proposals from scratch, by completing iterations of proposing ideas, raising questions, suggesting improvements, planning to-dos, seeking information, and updating their proposals. This study contributes DBL, a novel, empirically grounded model of learning environments for scoping design projects through deliberation, which can be further refined through multi-case studies across contexts. By understanding DBL, learning scientists can engage students in political organizing in their communities—a key to sustaining democracy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences
Subtitle of host publicationThe Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2020 - Conference Proceedings
EditorsMelissa Gresalfi, Ilana Seidel Horn
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781732467279
StatePublished - 2020
Event14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2020 - Nashville, United States
Duration: Jun 19 2020Jun 23 2020

Publication series

NameComputer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, CSCL
ISSN (Print)1573-4552


Conference14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Education


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