The Most Positive 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).

 

Dialogue Component

Ideal Mean

Real Mean

Personal Mean

Participants listen attentively.

Civility

4.8118

3.6888

4.5294

Everyone has a chance to speak.

Civility

4.6824

3.2721

n/a

Participants make logical arguments.

Objectivity

4.6460

3.7493

4.2059

Participants share factual information.

Objectivity

4.5765

3.7441

4.0735

Participants ask clarifying questions of those with whom they disagree.

Objectivity

4.5632

3.6853

4.1353

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

n/a

4.5324

3.1382

4.1088

A wide range of viewpoints are expressed.

Common Ground

4.5147

3.5723

n/a

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

Common Ground

4.4897

3.7271

n/a

Participants address challenging issues directly.

Common Ground

4.4604

3.5265

3.8118

Participants gain a deeper understanding of objective truth.

Values

4.3935

3.3580

n/a