Learning Objective 1: describe three new strategies for facilitating discussion.
Learning Objective 2: discuss use of one facilitative strategy in a class.
Purpose: The purpose of this presentation is to discuss use of different, engaging discussion strategies in the classroom.
Conceptual Framework: Adult learning theory based on the work of multiple theorists.
Methods: In this session, general principles of facilitation will be discussed, then the following techniques will be defined, described, and explained: cocktail party, snowballing, and jigsaw. In the cocktail party technique, food, presented in a prescribed manner, is used to facilitate informal discussions around specified topical prompts. Snowballing enables students to explore assigned topics in groups of ever-increasing size, beginning with two or three students and expanding to a whole class discussion. In the jigsaw technique, students form groups to discuss assigned topics. These groups re-form by exchanging members to discuss specific elements about their topics then meet again in their original groups to engage in deeper and broader discussion.
Brookfield, S. & Preskill, S. (1999). Discussion as a way of teaching. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
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