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Please indicate your agreement with each statement. Please note that we are not trying to promote particular views, we are simply trying to determine if people with different views experience controversial conversations differently.
  disagree strongly disagree neutral agree agree strongly
I should not speak up in a controversial conversation unless I have a strong opinion.
I can learn a lot from people with whom I disagree.
I can learn a lot from people who don’t have strong opinions.
I will work hard to defend the free speech of people with whom I disagree.
Some things are simply right or wrong.
No one has a right to judge another person’s beliefs.
Beliefs about right and wrong are entirely subjective.
In a college classroom, all ideas should be treated equally.
A college should help its students form correct moral beliefs.
I am knowledgeable about issues related to sexual orientation.
I am knowledgeable about issues related to abortion.
I am knowledgeable about issues related to socioeconomic class.
I am knowledgeable about issues related to race.
I am knowledgeable about issues related to gender.
I am knowledgeable about issues related to health care coverage.
I am knowledgeable about issues related to affirmative action.
Abortion should be legal.
Wealthy people should pay a larger share of taxes than they do now.
The Catholic Church should ordain women.
Affirmative action in college admissions should not be practiced.
Same-sex couples should have the right to legal marital status.
The primary responsibilities of married women are in the realm of home and family.
It is important to have laws prohibiting homosexual relationships.
A national health care plan is needed to cover everybody’s medical costs.
In this class, I learned a lot from students with whom I disagreed.
In this class, I learned a lot from students with whom I agreed.
In this class, I learned a lot from ideas in the text with which I disagreed.
In this class, I learned a lot from ideas in the text with which I agreed.
I believe that I could faithfully represent ideas presented in this class with which I disagreed.
In this class, my own views changed.
In this class, my own views became more complex.
In this class, my own views became stronger.
When I am not sure of my views on a controversial issue, I find it helpful to ask questions.
When I am not sure of my views on a controversial issue, I find it helpful to read articles on the issue.
When I am not sure of my views on a controversial issue, I find it helpful to listen to the arguments of people who have strong views.
When I am not sure of my views on a controversial issue, I find it helpful to talk to people who are personally affected by the issue.
When I am not sure of my views on a controversial issue, I find it helpful to brainstorm possible arguments on both sides.
I believe it is important to participate in conversations on controversial issues even when I am not sure of my own views.
How often did you perform each of these behaviors during the course of the semester?
  almost never seldom sometimes frequently almost always
I interrupted others.
I tried to see the issue from the perspective of oppressed persons.
I tried to paraphrase the views of others in order to understand better.
I focused on the weakest aspects of other people's arguments.
I sought to identify points of agreement.
I addressed challenging issues directly.
I chose not to speak.
I made logical arguments.
I avoided the most challenging issues.
I used polite language.
I listened attentively.
I acknowledged the best arguments of those with whom I disagree.
I shared factual information.
I shared personal experiences.
I expressed strong feelings.
I was open to changing my mind.
I shared perspectives rooted in my faith commitments.
I respected official Catholic teachings.
I asked clarifying questions of those with whom I disagreed.
I gained a deeper understanding of objective truth.
I emphasized moral principles.
I respected the authority of experts.
I gained a deeper understanding of other perspectives.
I changed the subject to something less controversial.
I held fast to my own beliefs.
I raised my voice.
I used insulting language.
Participants with extreme views spoke more than those in the middle.
I stressed facts more than opinions.
I tried to win.
I expressed unpopular ideas.
I encouraged newcomers to speak up.
I built stronger relationships with others.
I spoke up even when I was not sure of my own views.
I asked questions.
I expressed views that were not widely shared.
I encouraged those with whom I disagreed to speak.
I encouraged those who were unsure of their own views to speak.
I expressed middle-of-the-road opinions.
I encouraged those with middle-of-the-road opinions to speak.
I built on values I already share with other participants.
I had fun.
How often did the following behaviors occur during conversations in this class?
  almost never seldom sometimes frequently almost always
Participants interrupted one another.
Participants tried to see the issue from the perspective of oppressed persons.
Participants tried to paraphrase the views of others in order to understand better.
Participants focused on the weakest aspects of one another’s arguments.
Participants sought to identify points of agreement.
Participants addressed challenging issues directly.
Participants chose not to speak.
Participants made logical arguments.
Participants avoided the most challenging issues.
Participants used polite language.
Participants listened attentively.
Everyone had a chance to speak.
Participants acknowledged the best arguments of those with whom they disagree.
Participants shared factual information.
Participants shared personal experiences.
Participants expressed strong feelings.
Participants were open to changing their minds.
Participants shared perspectives rooted in their faith commitments.
Participants respected official Catholic teachings.
Participants asked clarifying questions of those with whom they disagree.
A wide range of viewpoints were expressed.
Participants gained a deeper understanding of objective truth.
Participants emphasized moral principles.
Participants respected the authority of experts.
Participants gained a deeper understanding of one another’s perspectives.
Participants changed the subject to something less controversial.
Participants held fast to their own beliefs.
Participants raised their voices.
Participants used insulting language.
Participants with extreme views spoke more than those in the middle.
Participants stressed facts more than opinions.
Participants tried to win.
Participants expressed unpopular ideas.
Participants encouraged newcomers to speak up.
Participants built stronger relationships with one another.
Participants spoke up even when they were not sure of their own views.
Participants asked questions.
Participants expressed views that are not widely shared.
Participants encouraged those with whom they disagreed to speak.
Participants encouraged those who were unsure of their own views to speak.
Participants expressed middle-of-the-road opinions.
Participants encouraged those with middle-of-the-road opinions to speak.
Participants built on values they already shared.
Participants had fun.
Please indicate your agreement with each statement. Please note that we are not trying to promote particular views, we are simply trying to determine if people with different views experience controversial conversations differently.
  disagree strongly disagree neutral agree agree strongly
Abortion should be legal.
Affirmative action in college admissions should not be practiced.
Through hard work, everybody can succeed in American society.
The Catholic Church should ordain women.
Wealthy people should pay a larger share of taxes than they do now.
Same-sex couples should have the right to legal marital status.
The primary responsibilities of married women are in the realm of home and family.
The government should do more to ensure equal opportunity to all people regardless of race.
It is important to have laws prohibiting homosexual relationships.
A national health care plan is needed to cover everybody’s medical costs.
Same-sex couples should be able to receive the same employment benefits and inheritance rights as married heterosexual couples.
The government should redistribute wealth from the rich to the poor.
GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender) persons should be protected from discrimination in the workplace.
Economic inequality is a major problem in American society.
Men and women should participate equally in caring for children.
GLBT persons should be welcome to participate fully in the life of the Catholic Church.
Racism is still a major problem in American society.
The government should guarantee the basic necessities of life to all Americans.
The Catholic Church should not ordain men with strong homosexual tendencies.
Men and women should receive equal pay for equal work.
The descendents of slaves should receive reparations from the United States government.
A person working full time should earn enough to support a family.
The capitalist system is harmful to working class people.
Sexism is still a major problem in American society.
The government should do more to promote gender equality.
Gender:
Were you raised Catholic?
Do you currently identify as Catholic?
Which best describes your views on most issues?
Religion
  unimportant slightly important moderately important important very important
How important is religion to the family with whom you mostly grew up?
How important is religion to you personally?
Year at CSB/SJU: