Components of Dialogue and Controversial Behaviors Survey 1

Student respondents to our initial campus-wide survey were asked to rate each behavior as positive or negative (1=very negative, 5=very positive), to indicate how often each occurs in campus conversations (1=almost never, 5=almost always), and to indicate how often they personal engage in each (1=almost never, 5=almost always).

 

Ideal Mean

Real Mean

Personal Mean

Flight Behaviors

 

 

 

Participants choose not to speak.

1.5794

3.2059

2.5353

Participants avoid the most challenging subjects.

1.5280

2.7655

2.2824

Participants change the subject to something less controversial.

1.8029

2.8521

2.0882

Composite Flight Scores

1.6362

2.9392

2.3020

 

 

 

 

Civility Behaviors

 

 

 

Participants interrupt one another (values reversed in composite).

1.7507

3.4041

2.0914

Participants listen attentively.

4.8118

3.6888

4.5294

Everyone has a chance to speak.

4.6824

3.2721

n/a

Participants use polite language.

4.1765

3.6015

4.2647

Participants use insulting language (values reversed in composite).

1.2041

2.2700

1.4412

Participants are open to changing their minds.

4.3363

2.8647

3.7265

Participants encourage newcomers to speak up.

4.3824

2.8964

3.4074

Participants raise their voices (values reversed in composite).

2.0794

3.3743

2.2750

No one’s feelings are hurt.

3.4749

2.6524

n/a

Composite Civility Scores

4.3094

3.1017

4.0178

 

 

 

 

Common Ground Behaviors

 

 

 

Participants seek to identify points of agreement.

4.2786

3.3941

3.8746

Participants address challenging issues directly.

4.4604

3.5265

3.8118

A wide range of viewpoints are expressed.

4.5147

3.5723

n/a

Participants gain a deeper understanding of one another’s perspectives.

4.4897

3.7271

n/a

Participants build on values they already share.

3.7050

3.7130

n/a

Participants achieve a greater degree of agreement.

3.6553

3.0905

n/a

Participants build stronger relationships with one another.

4.2912

3.2160

3.7059

Participants have fun.

3.9765

3.4690

3.6985

Composite Common Ground Scores

4.1669

3.4631

3.7729

 

 

 

 

Objectivity Behaviors

 

 

 

Participants stress facts more than opinions.

3.7912

3.1228

3.6932

Participants share factual information.

4.5765

3.7441

4.0735

Participants ask clarifying questions of those with whom they disagree.

4.5632

3.6853

4.1353

Participants acknowledge the best arguments of those with whom they disagree.

4.0779

3.0206

3.6147

Participants make logical arguments.

4.6460

3.7493

4.2059

Composite Objectivity Scores

4.3339

3.4610

3.9434

 

 

 

 

Values Behaviors

 

 

 

Participants share perspectives rooted in their faith commitments.

3.6844

3.6971

3.3235

Participants respect the authority of experts.

3.8471

3.6735

4.0088

Participants respect official Catholic teaching.

3.1509

3.1868

3.1559

Participants emphasize moral principles.

3.9368

3.6868

3.7735

Participants gain a deeper understanding of objective truth.

4.3935

3.3580

n/a

Participants express strong feelings.

3.9794

4.3000

3.8147

Participants clarify their personal values.

3.7967

3.8525

3.9469

Participants share personal experiences.

4.0074

4.1062

3.9500

Participants hold fast to their own beliefs.

3.2716

4.0917

4.0265

Composite Values Scores

3.7952

3.7725

3.7485

 

 

 

 

Inclusivity Behavior

 

 

 

Participants with extreme views speak more than those in the middle.

2.0529

4.1361

n/a

 

 

 

 

Competitive Behaviors

 

 

 

Participants question the expertise of those with whom they disagree.

3.2962

3.4425

3.3162

Participants focus on the weakest aspects of one another’s arguments.

2.6445

3.6574

3.0015

The right side wins the argument.

2.7240

2.7788

n/a

Participants hold fast to their own beliefs.

3.2716

4.0917

4.0265

Participants try to win.

2.5618

3.9556

3.2500

Composite Competitiveness Scores

2.9006

3.5817

3.3982

 

 

 

 

All Other Behaviors

 

 

 

Participants try to see the issue from the perspective of oppressed persons.

4.5324

3.1382

4.1088

Participants try to paraphrase the views of others.

3.9275

3.4159

3.6677

Participants express unpopular ideas.

3.4838

3.0266

3.1858

Participants focus on minor details.

2.3156

3.0905

2.5353