Discussion Theater. A Method of Democratic Education


moral competence
democratic competence
learning opportunities
dilemma discussion

How to Cite

Lind, G. (2019). Discussion Theater. A Method of Democratic Education. ETHICS IN PROGRESS, 10(1), 23–40. https://doi.org/10.14746/eip.2019.1.3


Democracy is bound to fail if its citizens lack opportunities to develop their moral-democratic competence, that is, their ability to solve conflicts through thinking and discussion, instead of through violence, deceit or bowing down to others. The concept of Discussion Theatre has been designed to provide such an learning opportunity. In contrast to traditional theatre, there is no above and below, no division between actors and listeners – all are participants. The Discussion Theatre is the “public” version of the Konstanz Method of Dilemma Discussion (KMDD), which is been successfully used in institutions of education in many countries for over two decades.



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