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ERIC Number: ED257874
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Application of Group Analysis to Classroom Discussion.
Francis, Eileen
The Discussion Development Group (DDG) was established by the Scottish Education Department to facilitate research on process innovation in relation to the new curriculum. The DDG resource unit trained teachers to become associates through an inservice training program focused on the observation and analysis of discussion group processes. The goals of the associates were to promote the effective management of classroom discussion skills of students. The DDG encouraged teachers to become engaged in action research projects which promoted a model of classroom discussion. An open system approach to learning was used to analyze transcripts of teacher/student interaction from United States classrooms. The open-system approach emphasized: reflecting on the "here and now" experience; providing a framework for self-analysis; and learning which is unique to each group member. The process shapers in classroom discussion were examined. These include physical setting; group composition; leadership style; boundary system; resistance/resonance dynamic; and personal background. Results of the research indicated that the description of educative exchanes was more effectively served by a holistic approach, emphasizing the methodology of pragmatics applied through the model of transactional evaluation. (DWH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Edinburgh)