ERIC Number: ED242598
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
Group Discussion Topics. Revised Edition.
Area Education Agency 7, Cedar Falls, IA.
A collection of group disussion topics, developed and field-tested by a group of Iowa teachers, is presented in this guide. Twenty-eight topics for K-6 students, 24 topics for K-12 students, and 7 topics for students in grades 7-12 are included. Warm-up activities are given for introducing some of the topics, and lists of questions to provoke discussion are given for all of the topics. The questions for each topic are arranged in three categories (define, personalize, and challenge) and allow the discussion to move from the simple answer to a higher order of questioning and response. In addition to the above-mentioned topics, 39 topics for elementary students and 19 topics for secondary students are presented as a list of open-ended class meeting ideas. A worksheet is provided for teachers to aid in developing their own topics and questions. The last section of this document contains additional topics and activities suitable for the secondary grades. A sequence of activities and discussions helps the group progress from nonthreatening topics to higher-risk topics. The sequence begins with trying a new food and proceeds to trying new behavioral patterns. This document is part of a collection of materials from the Iowa Area Education Agency 7 Teacher Center project. (EM)
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Communication (Thought Transfer), Decision Making, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Elementary Secondary Education, Group Activities, Group Discussion, Guidelines, Interpersonal Communication, Learning Activities, Problem Solving, Questioning Techniques, Resource Materials, Teacher Developed Materials
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Area Education Agency 7, Cedar Falls, IA.