ERIC Number: ED363577
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Guidelines for Organizing and Leading a Study Circle.
Topsfield Foundation, Pomfret, CT. Study Circles Resource Center.
The purpose of these guidelines is to help the reader organize and lead a study circle--a participatory, democratic discussion group that focuses on a social or political issue. It provides detailed instructions on how to organize and lead a successful study circle. Following the introduction, section 2 focuses on the role of the organizer and makes suggestions for creating the study circle: select or develop the written material, recruit 5-20 participants, select the leader, organize the meetings, and establish feedback mechanisms. Section 3 discusses necessary skills for the leader of the study circle. Suggestions and principles of group leadership are identified. Ideas are provided for beginning a study circle, managing it and group discussion, using questions effectively, and concluding. Section 4 focuses on the first session: pros and cons of an organizational meeting, introductions, establishing and modifying goals, and establishing ground rules. Section 5 concerns the final session and addresses synthesis and conclusions, from discussion to action, and oral and written evaluations. Appendixes include information on the role of the participant, six suggestions for further reading, and a list of resources available from the Study Circles Resource Center. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Citizenship Education, Discussion Groups, Group Dynamics, Leaders, Leaders Guides, Leadership Responsibility, Political Issues, Program Development, Program Implementation, Public Affairs Education, Social Problems
Study Circles Resource Center, Route 169, P.O. Box 203, Pomfret, CT 06258 (free).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Topsfield Foundation, Pomfret, CT. Study Circles Resource Center.