"Free Intelligent Conversation" as a Pedagogical Tool
FreeIC as a Teaching ToolFreeIC looks to create spaces where intellectual growth is tied to interpersonal connection. The process of sharing experiences encourages individuals to connect on an interpersonal level where polarizing positions are difficult to maintain. And it is in this depolarized space that individuals are able to experience the value of viewpoint diversity. FreeIC has successfully fostered these spaces in public places across the world and we are confident that they can be effectively created in the classroom as well by actualizing three goals:
- Creating a space where individuals can engage with the intent to express personal experiences and perspectives devoid of judgment.
- Reiterating the value and purpose of viewpoint diversity.
- Fostering connections on an interpersonal level that will allow healthy discussions to continue outside of the classroom.
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