What is a discussion?
- A recitation
- Talking by people who know little and care less about the subject
- A debate
- An opportunity for one or two people to show off
- Thinking aloud
- Verbalization of concepts learned
- Opinions held and passing thoughts
- An opportunity for everyone to defend, explain, and modify their viewpoints
Criteria for Good Discussions Questions
- The question implies a genuine interest in different points of view
- The question probes an erea of expertise that is of immediate as well as remote concern
- Discussion questions imply values and the process of evaluating known facts
- Questions that ask for most, least, best, worst; which would you rather do; is it better to; ...
- Encourage a sorting and evaluation process that promotes exchange of knowledge as well as ideas
Responsibilities of Leadership
- Open the discussion and provide the objectives
- Raise points for discussion
- Keep the discussion moving towards the point
- Act as "backstop"
- Act as "Traffic Policeman"
- Act as a Guide with a Road Map
- Openly identify the agreed upon points and then limit discussion to points yet outstanding
- Bring the discussion to a close as soon as a concensus is reached (within any time limit)
Last updated 96/06/20
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