ERIC Number: ED115632
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
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Dynamics of Discussion: Grouptalk.
Whipple, Babette S.
Grouptalk, a communication model with many actual and potential uses, was initially developed to help children become more skilled as participants in small-group discussions; the model has since become a multipurpose learning technique. The Grouptalk model is defined in chapter 1. Chapters 2 and 3 describe in detail how to set up and lead sessions with children and adults. Chapter 4, which outlines the potential gains from participation in a series of sessions, is basic to the understanding that underlies excellence in leadership skill. Chapter 5 is concerned with the actual improvement of specific groups. Chapter 6 discusses the potential benefits to leaders from acquiring the skills of Grouptalk leadership. Ways to acquire leadership skills is the topic of chapter 7. Chapter 8, with examples of adaptation, underlines the message that as one gains familiarity with the Grouptalk model designed for use under ideal conditions, both the possibility and advisability of introducing modifications should be kept in mind. By illustrating the variety of ways Grouptalk has been and can be applied, chapter 9 denies the allegation that the Grouptalk model was limited usefulness because it rigidly specifies conditions unobtainable in most schools today; one can adapt the technique for large classes and for children with hearing impairments. Appendixes 1 and 2 give the specifics for this adaptation. Appendix 3 describes a situation in which second-graders draw pictures while listening to the playback. (BD)
Descriptors: Discussion, Discussion Groups, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Group Discussion, Student Participation
Porthole Press, Box 417, Belmont, Massachusetts 02178 ($13.95 cloth, *8.95 paper)
Publication Type: Books
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