ERIC Number: ED272742
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Conducting Group Discussions with Adult Basic Learners. TECHNIQUES.
Lowe, Jean H.
Lifelong Learning, v9 n5 p29-30 Feb 1986
Group discussion can be very effective in building a sense of community in any adult basic education (ABE) classroom. Such discussion can generate conversation, encourage participation, and create an accepting environment where sharing experiences and ideas feels safe to all participants. When trying the technique of group discussion with a new group, it is best to begin with an upbeat, noncontroversial topic that is of general interest and that relates to common experience. Everyone should be encouraged to contribute, and the amount of self-disclosure required should be limited, at least initially. Teachers should monitor the kinds of comments students make about each other's contributions and be sure to discourage critical remarks. Although all students should be encouraged to contribute, the more vocal students should be kept from dominating the discussion. As a further objective, teachers should ask students to defend their points of view. Eventually, more controversial topics may be introduced and more challenging topics may be selected. (MN)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Journal Articles
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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