The Dialogic Classroom: Teaching for Humility and Civic Engagement
PI: John Sarrouf, Director of Program Development & Strategic Partnerships, Essential Partners (not-for-profit)
Dr. Lauren Barthold, Philosophy, Senior Researcher, Essential Partners
Professor Ian Deweese-Boyd, Philosophy, Gordon College
Professor Margie Deweese-Boyd, Social Work, Gordon College
Professor Jill DeTemple, Religious Studies, Southern Methodist University
Professor Jonathan Garlick, DDS, Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Studies, Tufts University
Professor Harriett Hayes, Sociology, Bridgewater College
Essential Partners, a Boston-based nonprofit with a 26-year history facilitating connective conversations across difference, together with a team of professors from varied disciplines and institutions, will build on past IHPD research to develop a new pedagogy for intellectual humility and the constructive engagement of difference in academia.
Prior IHPD research has established the importance of intellectual humility in creating rigorous, thriving academic cultures. Yet practical questions remain as how to institutions might establish viable methods for shifting classroom cultures. To that end, we will conduct focused research into best practices for humility in discourse, then develop, test, and promote a new pedagogy for instructors to cultivate humility, openness, curiosity, and engagement.
Our team will deliver a study of best practices to humility in the classroom, develop in-depth trainings for faculty, and evaluate the success of our pedagogy adapting available measurements established by noteworthy researchers of intellectual humility (Alfano, et al).