Theses Doctoral

Toward an Understanding of College Students' Approaches to Challenges of Dialogues on Contested Sociopolitical Issues: A Case Study

Ho, Tai Yee

This qualitative interview study examines challenges college students may experience in extracurricular dialogues on contested sociopolitical issues. It also discusses approaches that students claim support them through the challenges of contested issues dialogues. This study found that college students encountered challenges including difficulty expressing disagreement, tensions related to their identities and group representation, and difficulty building trust and openness with peers in dialogue.

Despite these difficulties, students also developed skills and capacities to bridge differences, to build community within dialogue, as well as to learn about themselves, others and sociopolitical issues. Through participants' accounts on how they perceive and negotiate these challenges, the study is intended to portray in-depth student perspectives about this critical aspect of peer dialogues on sociopolitical issues.


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More About This Work

Academic Units
Organization and Leadership
Thesis Advisors
Christensen, Monica Coen
Ed.D., Columbia University
Published Here
January 25, 2023