ERIC Number: ED178397
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Reference Count: 0
The Grouptalk. Occasional Paper No. 10.
Whipple, Babette S.
The paper describes the basic features and techniques of a specific kind of discussion group, the Grouptalk. Grouptalk, especially useful in the elementary grades, is a formal discussion of a question by a small group and a leader. Participants follow the specific rules that all contribute relevantly to the discussion and that all help in the effort to summarize it. Basic features of a Grouptalk session include a regular weekly meeting from 30 to 45 minutes in a special room equipped with a chalkboard, tape recorder, and definition cards. The definition cards illustrate the rules of Grouptalk; the question written on the chalkboard enables the group to refer to the topic at all times. Three to six children comprise the most effective group. The functions of the leader are to guide strategy, to keep the group relevant, and to see that a summary is achieved. Cognitive skills enforced by Grouptalk include being relevant, summarizing, integrating, categorizing, defining terms, pinpointing causes of disagreement, and becoming conscious of strategy. Skills gained through effective participation in Grouptalk are the ability for self-expression, cooperation, and leading a discussion. Implications for the use of Grouptalk in evaluating students, in curriculum construction, and in psychological research are noted. (KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Educational Services, Inc., Cambridge, MA.
Note: Document prepared through the Social Studies Curriculum Program