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ERIC Number: ED380051
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
Description of a Task Completed by a Small Learning Group.
McElhinney, Jim
Graduate students studying personnel evaluation were each assigned to interview three professionals regarding their experiences with personnel evaluation. Five interview questions, common across the 12 class members, were supplied. In class, students were formed into groups, a chairperson and recorder were selected for each group, and an agenda for the class meeting was reviewed. The agenda outlined the tasks of each group: to have each student share orally the evidence gathered on personnel evaluation, to combine the evidence and record it on a sheet of acetate, to draw conclusions supported by the evidence, to analyze the implications for the class's study of personnel evaluation, to identify what was learned from the entire process, and to report to the class. Several questions to promote class discussion are listed. Important outcomes of this learning activity include: (1) the interview experiences establish a background for students to tackle the content of the course; (2) by sharing their evidence orally, students reinforce what they learned from their interviews; (3) gathering, combining, reporting, and drawing conclusions from interview evidence provide an opportunity to practice important research skills; and (4) students also hone their interpersonal and communication skills. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A