ERIC Number: ED171220
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
On Guiding (Not Leading) Discussions: A Practical Guide for IDEA Users.
McKnight, Philip C.
The role of the teacher in a classroom discussion is addressed in this guide. The underlying construct is that of teacher-learner dialogue: a symbiotic interaction in which each person plays a complementary role. The following ideas are regarded as myths about discussions: (1) by definition, discussions are always nurturant; (2) students are always ready and willing to discuss; (3) discussions take no preparation time; (4) small classes guarantee a nurturant and friendly atmosphere; and (5) discussion leaders in universities can be one of the group. Suggestions are offered for teacher preparation of content, student information, setting, and grading standards. Students need to prepare before a discussion, and suggestions for student homework necessities are offered. Specific interactions including listening, responding, questioning, and silences are discussed. The guide focuses on the benefits to learners made possible by their teacher's skills. A bibliography is included. (SW)
Descriptors: Bibliographies, College Faculty, College Instruction, Communication Skills, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Higher Education, Resource Materials, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Role, Teaching Guides, Teaching Methods, Teaching Skills
Center for Faculty Evaluation and Development in Higher Education, 1627 Anderson Ave., Box 3000, Manhattan, Kansas 66502
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kansas State Univ., Manhattan. Center for Faculty Evaluation and Development in Higher Education.