The Most Negative 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 use insulting language.

Civility

1.2041

2.2700

1.4412

Participants avoid the most challenging subjects.

Flight

1.5280

2.7655

2.2824

Participants choose not to speak.

Flight

1.5794

3.2059

2.5353

Participants interrupt one another.

Civility

1.7507

3.4041

2.0914

Participants change the subject to something less controversial.

Flight

1.8029

2.8521

2.0882

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

Inclusivity

2.0529

4.1361

n/a

Participants raise their voices (values reversed in composite).

Civility.

2.0794

3.3743

2.2750

Participants focus on minor details.

n/a

2.3156

3.0905

2.5353

Participants try to win.

Competitiveness

2.5618

3.9556

3.2500

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

Competitiveness

2.6445

3.6574

3.0015

The right side wins the argument.

Competitiveness

2.7240

2.7788

n/a