Journal of Appreciative Education

The Campus Civility Conversation: An Appreciative Approach to a Collaborative Conversation

Sarah Christine Darling


This article will utilize the components of Appreciative Education in an effort to promote increased dialogue regarding civility on today's college campuses.  The six tenets of Appreciative Inquiry and Appreciative Advising including Disarm, Discover, Dream, Design, Delivery and Don’t Settle, allow for a theoretically grounded framework to guide the discussion and provide concrete recommendations for facilitation.  In addition to these steps, the Appreciative Education approach to the campus civility conversation suggests steps for future directions, promoting positive, sustainable dialogue that will continuously benefit institutions and the society at large.


civility; Appreciative Education; Appreciative Inquiry; Appreciative Advising

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ISSN: 2165-5421