|•||Fostering interactive instruction, democratic dialogue, student–teacher partnerships, and cooperative learning|
|•||Promoting student ownership of learning and application of knowledge|
|•||Developing students’ listening and communication skills|
|•||Developing students’ critical thinking and argumentation skills|
|•||Developing students’ research (traditional and computer) and critical reading and evaluation skills|
Deliberative education is especially suited to the teaching of history, where the goal is not for students simply to learn names, dates, facts, and events, but for them to engage in historical thinking, ask questions, examine the historical record, and research evidence in support of theses. Using deliberative methodology furthers these goals, as it encourages students to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate historical information in order to create and present their own historical arguments and narratives.
While most think of facts, dates, people, and events that must be taught when they consider the content of a history curriculum, it is essential to realize that without having the skills to critically analyze these facts, dates, people, and events, history would be incredibly dry in the classroom. It is the study of exploring these details, finding out the whys and hows of events, and trying to make sense of how those details brought us to the world we live in