ERIC Number: ED371998
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Guidelines for Creating Effective Study Circle Material.
Topsfield Foundation, Pomfret, CT. Study Circles Resource Center.
Guidelines present ways to create written material for small group, democratic, and highly participatory discussions of social and political issues. Twelve suggestions for creating effective study circle materials precedes consideration of study circle goals. The overarching goal of any study circle is to provide opportunities for people to learn together in a participatory setting. Six common goals explore issues for consideration in planning programs and materials. Although there is no rigid formula for the creative and varied process of material development, eight steps offer some general guidelines: (1) research and define the issue; (2) provide basic information; (3) incorporate people's concerns into the material; (4) organize the materials; (5) encourage diversity; (6) call attention to values underlying opinions and concerns; (7) develop thought-provoking discussion questions; and (8) pilot test the material. The next section discusses five common questions regarding material development. Four modes provide examples of effective study circle materials: (1) stand-alone discussion questions; (2) discussion questions to accompany an article, report, or television program; (3) adapting existing discussion materials; and (4) original materials written specifically for study circles. The final section lists five additional resources. (CK)
Descriptors: Discussion Groups, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Guidelines, Material Development, Media Selection, Resource Materials, Teaching Guides
Study Circles Resource Center, P.O. Box 203, Pomfret, CT 06258.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Researchers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Topsfield Foundation, Pomfret, CT. Study Circles Resource Center.